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Attention, Shoplifters

“Store managers these days need all the high-tech help they can get. Increasingly, they’re under assault from organized gangs of professional shoplifters. These skilled thieves walk off with huge amounts of selected items and resell them at discounts. The pros are driving up losses dramatically, to $855 per shoplifting incident last year, from $265 in 2003, according to a survey by the University of Florida’s Center for Studies in Criminology and Law. All told, stores lost $30 billion to shoplifting and employee theft in 2005.”