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1 : Larceny committed in a shop; the stealing of anything from a shop.

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1 : Shoplifting


Larceny committed in a shop; the stealing of anything from a shop.

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From Wikipedia

A USMC poster warns its members not to shoplift.
Notice warning shoplifters of prosecution in Subang Parade, Malaysia.

Shoplifting (also known in slang as boosting and five-finger discount) is a popular term used for the unnoticed theft of goods from an open retail establishment. Shoplifting typically involves a person concealing a store item on their person, in pockets or under clothes (or in a bag, baby stroller, etc.) and leaving the store without paying for it. With clothing, shoplifters may put on items from the store and leave the store wearing the clothes. The terms "shoplifting" and "shoplifter" are not usually defined in law. The crime of shoplifting generally falls under the legal classification of larceny. Shoplifting is distinct from burglary (theft by breaking into a closed store), robbery (stealing by threatening or engaging in violent behavior) or armed robbery (stealing by using a weapon). In the retail industry, the word shrinkage or shrink can be used to refer to merchandise lost by shoplifting, but the word also includes loss by other means, such as waste and theft by store employees.

Shoplifters range from amateurs acting on impulse to career criminals who habitually engage in shoplifting as a form of income. Career criminals may use several individuals to shoplift, with some participants distracting store employees while another participant steals items. Amateurs typically steal products for personal use, while career criminals generally steal items to resell them in the underground economy. Other forms of shoplifting include swapping price labels of different items, return fraud or eating a grocery store's food without paying for it. Commonly shoplifted items are those with a high price in proportion to their size, such as disposable razor blades, vitamins, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. Retailers have reported that 0.6% of their inventory is lost to shoplifting.

Stores use a number of strategies to reduce shoplifting, including storing small, expensive items in locked glass cases; chaining or otherwise attaching items to shelves or clothes racks (particularly expensive items); attaching magnetic or radio sensors or dyepacks to items; installing curved mirrors mounted above shelves or video cameras and video monitors, hiring plainclothes "store detectives" and security guards, and banning the bringing in of backpacks or other bags. Some stores have security guards at the exit, who search backpacks and bags and check receipts. Stores also combat shoplifting by training employees how to detect potential shoplifters.

The first documented shoplifting started to take place in 16th-century London. By the early 19th century, shoplifting was believed to be primarily a female activity.[1] In the 1960s, shoplifting began to be redefined again, this time as a political act. Researchers divide shoplifters into two categories: "boosters," professionals who resell what they steal, and "snitches," amateurs who steal for their personal use.[2]

  1. ^ Segrave, Kerry (2001). Shoplifting: a social history. Jefferson, NC [u.a.]: McFarland. p. 7. ISBN 0-7864-0908-8. 
  2. ^ Cameron, Mary Owen (1964). The Booster and the Snitch: Department Store Shoplifting. Glencoe, Illinois: Free Press of Glencoe. ASIN B002NGZUJU. 

From Wiktionary

See also: shop-lifting


  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Etymology
    • 1.2 Noun
      • 1.2.1 Translations
    • 1.3 Verb


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The noun sense (from 1690) predates the verb.


shoplifting (countable and uncountable, plural shopliftings)

  1. (uncountable) The action of stealing goods from a shop; the action of the verb shoplift.
    • 1724, The Chronological Diary For the Year 1724, page 45,
      [] William Grove for robbing his Master of twenty-sive Guineas ; and Catharine Knox for Shoplifting.
    • 1757 December 22, The London Chronicle, Volume II: June 30 - December 31, page 594,
      Yesterday Afternoon a Woman well dreſs'd, was detected at Mr. Flint′s, a Haberdasher on London-Bridge, in Shoplifting, and on examining her, there were found on her ſome Goods belonging to Mr. Kennet, a Haberdasher at the ſame Place.
    • 2006, Gennaro F. Vito, Jeffrey R. Maahs, Ronald M. Holmes, Criminology: Theory, Research, And Policy, page 337,
      Shoplifting is one of the most prevalent crimes and it costs retailers millions of dollars each year.
  2. (countable) A theft from a shop during trading hours.
    • 2000, Elmer H Johnson, Carol Johnson, Linking Community and Corrections in Japan, page 180,
      In high school, he bleached his hair and began a series of shopliftings and bicycle thefts.
    • 2004, “An American”, Arlington′s Blood, iUniverse, page 82,
      And we hardly even consider the countless robberies, shopliftings, burglaries, carjackings, kidnappings, stalkings, intimidations and harassments.
    • 2012, Lawrence Fennelly, Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention, 5th Edition, page 171,
      When we described the 80-20 rule, we mentioned that 5% of the stores in Danvers, Massachusetts, accounted for 50% of the reported shopliftings.




  1. present participle of shoplift