Nationally, shoplifting incidents that end in violence have been climbing at a steady rate. In the National Retail Federation's 2013 survey, retailers said about 18 percent of apprehensions led to some level of violence, up from about 15 percent the previous year and 13 percent in 2011.


Shoplifting is as prevalent as ever.

It also is becoming more brazen.

Two women stuff their purses full of items from an Old Navy store and shove security officers out of the way as they escape.

Five men rush into Saks Fifth Avenue, snatch dozens of high-end handbags and flee to their getaway car parked just outside the door.

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And in an incident that stunned an Eastside neighborhood, a man trying to steal armfuls of items from a clothing store fatally shoots in the head a man who tried to stop him.

What once seemed a petty crime has escalated into either an enterprise by organized criminals or, at worst, a potential flash point for violence.

Or both.

Authorities attribute much of the increase in such brash and violent shoplifting to organized retail crime, groups of people who steal large volumes of merchandise not for themselves but to sell.

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and this from Oklahoma:

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has released crime rates for the 2012 year. Stephens County had 35.23 percent crime rate for every 1,000 people.

Stephens County had 984 cases of larceny, 418 instances of breaking and entering and 97 felonious assaults.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said that while the crime rate increased between 2011-2012, they are doing everything in their power to combat it.

“We’ve seen an increase across the board,” McKinney said. “We’ve done a good job cleaning things up. (The) criminals we’re dealing with now are a different breed: they’re under the age of 21. We are doing what we can with the staffing we have. It’s just something that all counties are dealing with. It’s difficult when you only have a couple of guys for each shift.”

In Duncan, robberies, felonious assault, breaking and entering and larceny saw dramatic increases betwen 2011-2012. There were nine more robberies, 28 more felonious assaults, 55 more instances of breaking and entering and 161 more cases of larceny than in 2011.         

“In 2011 and 2012, we had several armed robberies of convenience stores,” Duncan Police Chief Daniel Ford said. “That one group of incidents raised the number quite a bit. We’re doing all we can.”
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Bicycles are hot items nationwide:

Spring is finally here and with that, comes the start of riding season. As cyclists dust off their bikes for the first ride of the season, they should be sure to grab all of their gear – including a good quality bike lock. Bicycle theft is an unfortunate occurrence and an increasing trend these past few years, and cyclists from the US are no exception.

According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, from 2007 to 2011, bicycle theft in the United States rose (on average) 14% each year. On average, over 188,500 bicycle thefts are reported stolen each year in the United States, a statistic that in itself is staggering when one also considers the number of bicycle thefts that go unreported. Some US cities are starting to fight back against bicycle theft. In San Francisco, the city issued its first ever official look at the bike theft problem in 2013 and issued a goal to reduce bicycle theft in the city by at least 50% over the next 5 years. The city also created a bike registry to help combat the 70% rise in bicycle thefts since 2006. In both Los Angeles and San Diego, law enforcement is starting to fight back against bike theft by placing bikes with hidden GPS technology around the city and beach areas in hopes of catching a bike thief. In Boston, MBTA Transit Police created two-life sized cardboard cutouts of police offers and placed them in two busy bike rack cages at Alewife Station to help prevent theft.

“It’s amazing how easily a bike can be stolen,” says Audrey Hanken, President of Markel Personal Lines Insurance. “We hear stories about bicycles being stolen from locked bike racks, cars, or even directly outside of their homes. We have also heard about thieves targeting hotels during bicycle road races, looking for opportunities to grab expensive bikes and run.”


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  • Some of this is organized and much of it is not. When a media such as MSNBC and other Liberal media support the ideas of Obama, which has caused many instances of violence as news has told us, we better wake up. The black American has been seasoned to think that America owes them a living! We note that the Liberal media insists on calling anyone a racist that does not agree with all this corruption going on and even treason! They foster this new crime wave and violence and it is not deniable unless one lies, and they are good at that!

  • One of the problems I noticed before I retired ( retired police officer ) was that all the larger stores are so afraid of litigation -there policies tie the hands of their loss prevention and regular staff with hands off policies ---- blame the lberal courts and greedy lawyers 

  • Hey!  We need to get our white kids under control !  Why the heck are they shop lifting?  Don't we do an adequate job of providing for them or are we not noticing that they have more stuff in their room than we bought them, and where did that new bicycle come from?  We need a town meeting to address this issue, and the issue of them staying out late at night instead of doing their homework, and the gun we found under their bed.  And, why their friends seem to be watched by the police continuously. And, why they dress like gangsters and have those jailhouse tattoos.

    We need to fix our culture now, to stop this news media onslaught from embarrassing their parents, you and me.

  • The ONE STRIKE policy goes for teen fathers, also.

  • Initiate a "ONE STRIKE" policy that states -

    If you are caught stealing just one item of any price, you will be arrested and sent to a county work farm for no less than 5 years, be banned from the premises of that store for another 5 years AND have to pay prosecution costs incurred by that stores' owners.Your photo will be posted as an "THIEF/ OFFENDER" inside and outside the store.

    If you are a teen mom and get caught stealing ANYTHING, you will lose custody of your child/children through the courts as an "un-fit parent"!  If you have to steal to support your child/children, you cannot afford to keep them.

    That should be sufficient deterrent to further shoplifting activity, especially when high-definition video cameras are used throughout the stores.

  • The thieves are emboldened by their tinpot leader in dc. They figure that the store owners "owe" them!  They are "entitled" to grab whatever they want without paying, and force their way out of the store.


  • It is the OBAMA CELL PHONES that are behind most of these crimes. They have always had their most favorite types of petty crimes; however, they lacked the coordination that made these types of crimes, both, high volume and highly lucrative. Now, we are overrun with "flash mob" robberies, "flash mob" violent attacks, and well coordinated "voter fraud," and we have the Obama Phones to thank for that.

    If, you take away the Obama Phones, then you take away the coordination that is needed to commit most of these violent types of crimes.

  • Well Ray, I was raised in Florida in the 1950's. My Dad worked in Citrus Industry, he had a foreman who worked his ass off to feed his family. Us kids, would catch a mess of fish and give them to him as he had 6 kids. His wife ironed our clothes and White Trash called us "N-gger Lovers". Those blacks showed us respect and kindness and we returned it.  Sure there were bad ones and they mostly ended up dead by their own people.  You could not offer charity to those Blacks, they didn't want to be obligated to white people who might look down on them. One of the more successful black men named George started a lawn care business which many do today and this was in the 1950's. His brother, Dothan worked with my Dad, not for but with.  This was before Civil Rights f-cked up the system.  We were segregated but the Yankees had to come down and change us to their way and we've been fighting Racism ever since.

  • According to Obama's beliefs they are just doing the right thing.  We owe them and they can even get away with killing us and let me clarify it could be black, latino,  white American or any other race, they have been brainwashed to believe that stolen goods are rightfully  theirs

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