Shoplifter Methods of Theft
How do they get away with it?
How do these people steal, is what we ask ourselves. The first method is what we call a booster. Basically, a booster is someone who uses an object or bag to steal. They could use anything that you could place merchandise inside of.
Generally these individuals travel in groups. Amongst the group each person will have a specific job. Example: one person will be a blocker, or some people say distraction. This person will walk around the store and draw the attention of employees by acting suspicious. While this person is creating a distraction there will be someone else who is gathering merchandise to steal. These two people generally stay in touch via cell phone. This way they each know where security is. Once the blocker or blockers have the attention of everyone the real thief can now take what they want.
Once the merchandise is concealed the individual will either leave the store immediately or they will purchase something small and then exit.
Another method of boosting would be the person who collects numerous shopping bags from the establishment which they like to steal from. Then, this person will go shopping as normal. Once they collected everything that they need they will pull out the empty bag and fill it. Once the bag is full exiting the store is pretty simple, since they already have a bag which generally means that they purchased something.
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