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One in every eleven people is a thief. The economy is bad and if it isn't obvious by the decrease in annual Christmas parties this year then it is made more glaring by the items that people are stealing this year. Grade A Meat is on the rise - up approximately 21% this year. Alcohol is second on the list of items most ripped off during the holidays.

There may be no honor among thieves but apparently they have the same taste in designer brands. According to ABC, Polo Ralph Lauren Clothing is the hottest item stolen as well as Chanel No 5 perfume, Gillette Razors and Nike Shoes. Let's Rock Elmo needs a new warning on it's label - apparently it might burn the baby because it is one HOT item this year.

The trend at college campuses is just what you would expect. Cell phones, jewelry, bikes, books, cash, credit/debit cards, laptops and ipods. Documents and materials from computers has risen over the last 5 years.

Bait Car reports stereo equipment, CD's, laptops, coins, GPS systems and vehicle registration papers as the most commonly stolen items from vehicles.

Hotwheels in America? 1995 Honda Civic is the preferred brand among stolen cars. Cadillac Escalades, Honda Accord and Camry also top the list. Canadian criminals like the 2009 Toyata Venza - a nice four door family vehicle.

The price of cheese is criminal. 4% of the world's cheese is stolen each year. Apparently it is lifted in large quantities and sold in the marketplace.

Hotels take a $100 million dollar hit due to theft each year. The most common things people take are the towels. Figure me a riddle and tell me why sheets and bedding are on that list? Who likes hotel sheets so much they want to take them home and put them on their bed? Bed bugs were a huge problem in hotels last year. Take one sheet and you might be taking 100 friends home with you.

Shoplifting and thinking ahead.....

Shoplifting is illegal and the penalties and consequences are contingent upon variables such as the state where the crime occurred, the dollar value of the item, if the person quietly pocketed the item or used a weapon in the course of the crime.

Most people do not think they will get caught or the risk is worth the reward. However, if you steal a Let's Rock Elmo and get busted - you are going to have to keep a straight face for the mug shot. The person in the cell with you could be a murderer and you are going to have to explain how you got caught swiping a stuffed Sesame Street Character. Take my advice - say you stole a 1995 Civic.

Dog Gone!

Tips to prevent theft:

  • keep purses, book bags or carriers in sight and closed at all times
  • keep car doors locked and windows up and do not leave valuables in car ( approximately 20% of vehicles are stolen because the keys are left in the car)
  • have a home security system installed
  • park in an area that is near lights if possible
  • do not use a hide a key - thieves look for those - the gig is up!
  • keep a record of serial numbers of all electronics
  • video tape everything in your home with serial numbers included
  • keep your receipts
  • have a neighbor watch your home if you are gone
  • most residential theft takes place in the daytime hours (use security decals, alarm warnings, bars on the doors, dogs or a good neighbor to discourage this)
  • again - do not use a hide a key or leave a key under the doormat - robbers know about them and they look for those....don't advertise your vulnerability
  • when on vacation - stop your mail and newspaper delivery
  • use a timed light device - these are often very affordable and a great deterrent
  • If you notice any unusual vehicles sitting near your home try to jot a license plate number down - if there is no license plate on the vehicle and someone is sitting and watching the neighborhood - report it to the police immediately
  • never post a message on Facebook or social networking site announcing you are going on vacation

If you have been ripped off you can search the free data bases below for your merchandise. It is touted as the most comprehensive files with equipment indexed by serial number. I have also attached a link where you can legally purchase stolen goods that have been recovered or seized. If you have stolen property you may want to make sure it is not in the inventory of that site.

Feel free to leave any of your own tips in the comments below!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Wow - you have stolen the show with this topic! :) I guess when it comes to theft, people always think it is never going to happen to them. When we lived in Wisconsin we had 2 vehicles... a big van and a little ford Escort ZX2. The next day we realized that we had been ripped off. Eli had left his work laptop in the van. But it was locked and he must have been tired. The bag looked like nothing more than a duffle bag so it didn't scream laptop. My car however had 20 dollars sitting in the cup holder, my Ipod and a bunch of trash... unlocked for anybody to access. Dumb thieves - stole from the vehicle that was locked. They could have made life much more easier by going for my Ipod. Luckily thought, while the computer disappeared, his Ipod fell out of one of the pockets and landed in the driveway. We found it weeks later as the snow started melting. It even still works. What a hassle.

Great hub - Glad I don't have 95 Honda Civic! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

OMG Dave and I were just talking about druggies stealing steaks to trade for drugs!! He's a butcher and takes pride in his cuts of meat...when they get stolen he gets irate! They don't just stop at beef either! Baby formula also which is why the grocery stores need to keep it behind the counters. Over the counter drugs are also stolen! Do you think my husband works for a grocery chain!?

Cars get broken into often around my neck of the woods also! Most of the time the owners didn't lock the doors...hello!? why not just leave your goods on the hood of your car!

Excellent hub Real! Voted UP/Awesome!! Thieves really irk me, get a job!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Very helpful tips Kelly. I think a lot people will find this extremely beneficial and somewhat funny to top it. LOL! Voted up! :)


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

brilliant article and very informative. this was an obvious lenthy reserch prtoject. Thank you.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! Voted up and awesome.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - that is crazy but lucky for you - kinda! lol Once a theif was trying to steal our lawn mower (from our old house) and they took off when we turned the lights on but dropped THEIR wallet in my drive....yay! 20 bucks - score! lol

A police officer moved in directly across the street - I thought it would be a great deterrent. It wasn't - Laurels car was broken into almost immediately after and the theif stole a few CD's and left his Harley Davidson Sunglasses in the passenger seat. They were worth way more than her scratched up CD's! People are crazy Stacy! But the entertaiment value is priceless:)


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

My house was broekn into June 18 and robbed and the RCMP let the people go and this fellow has a history with poice December 2010. he destroyed a building and threatend everyone , held the SWAT team off for 13 hours , they had to chaisaw the wall to get him out. a repeat offender


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sunshine - ahhh! I wondered! So red meat is a hot trade item? Wow! Also one of the most stolen items - Axe mens deodorant and body wash! Sheesh! Make it worth it man! lol Security cameras are everywhere I don't know why people think they can get away with so much now days.

Identity theft is another huge deal - and why people go dumpster diving. I did a report on that in college and people make a living digging personal info out of the trash dumps! Shred your docs or tear them up! You might find a whole new you floating around out there that you didn't know about. Thanks for the great comment!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Excellent hub! I wish I had thought of it. Thanks for the links and congrats on becoming Elite!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cagsil - thanks! I was having a few chuckles myself:) Gosh people just never cease to amaze me. I feel sorry for some people though - like really stealing an Elmo doll - if it was stolen for someone's child I would actually feel bad and want the kid to get it because of what it says about their homelife. Then again - it might be a high dollar resale item. Much of this stuff is stolen in cases and not just one at a time.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi writer20 - thank you so much! I really appreciate the read and the votes:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Austin - that makes me feel great! I so admire your clever hubs all the time! You choose some cool topics:) I saw a lot of police while shopping this year - and when I was at UPS - they were patrolling the parking lot like something had happened. I started wondering if the economy might have affected what people are stealing....food being on the rise is kind of tell tale. Also deodorant? That is like a 3 dollar item! I think people are just more desperate and willing to take risks.

Thanks so much!


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zzron 4 years ago from Houston, TX.

Wow RealHousewife , this was absolutely marvelous. You go girlfriend!

I like your straight forward approach and how you tell it like it is. I'm not for sure how much those Elmo things are but I think they're pretty high. People just should not steal should they?

It's a terrible thing to do and shows very bad character. I am making myself laugh right now, but I don't care. It's the truth. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, I don't know. That meat looks really enticing and who doesn't want some high dollar meat in their pants?


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

I love the bait car! It's an awesome idea for cops to do... I wish everyone who stole things got caught.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kosmo! Thank you very much! I have actually gotten myself into trouble because I do tend to say it straight up. My family says I lack a brain filter - apparently everyone else got one. Can't even steal one of those!

Stealing is a huge problem and unfortunately hurts anyone who can even afford to pay taxes.

My nephew came for a visit once from out of town - he was about three then and I was hugging him before he left...good thing too he had pocketed a bunch of my jewelry! LOL I told my sister that was NOT a good sign!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

OMG Austin - ROTFPP! That is a good one! LMAO


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Phoebe - I do love those bait cars! My kids and I watched a lot of videos and we were laughing so much because the thieves always talk to themselves while they drive off. And as soon as the car shuts down - the confusion sets in! I think it is hilarious when they try to talk their way out of it too!

Thanks so much for the read and comment!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Kosmo - my computer keeps bumping me offline - I think I got a duplicate comment so I deleted one:) Oh and the Elmo doll is like 50 bucks! I just can't imagine how some people get this stuff out of the store - they must be stealing them off the trucks by the cases. I have heard there is a huge black market for designer purses and clothes - the employees at the factories steal stuff by the cases. Thanks again!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wow! Some of those things, yes, how on earth would you get them out of the store unnoticed? I guess busy shopping times must play into the equation.

As far as hide-a-key gizmos go, I've always thought it would be hilarious to actually have one, but when the would-be thief finds and opens it, instead of a key, he finds a slip of paper reading, "PSYCH! Gotcha, sucker!" If would be even better if I had the tech skills to wire it so that upon opening it triggered a flash, and made him think he (or she) had been photographed!

Good advice all around, though. I had a purse stolen one year, and it was a royal PITA to cancel and replace everything. I no longer carry a purse--I used a belt pouch that is strapped around my waist, and there it stays--in front of me. On the rare occasions when I do take it off in the grocery store, I use the child-seat strap to tie it to the shopping cart, as well as its own belt as an additional tie-in. One set goes across the top, making the zipper hard to get to.

The thing about thieves is this--very few are hardened criminals. Most are just opportunists, and they will look for the easiest target. Throw in a difficulty or two, and they'll seach elsewhere.

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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thirdmillenium 4 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

Are you a housewife-cum-spook?

Awesome


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

You have found a way to to even bring fun into keeping safe. Only you could do this Kelly. Well done!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you DzyMsLiizzy! I wish I had read that comment before my purse was stolen out of the grocery cart! I never thought of hooking the strap onto it...my oldest was 4 and sitting in the cart WITH my purse and I was just turned around inspecting the Grade A meat when some guy took the purse with my child watching! She didn't say a word until we got to the counter - I said "Laurel were did my purse go?" she said, "some guy ran off with it.". It would be LOL but I had no money and no keys to my car or house. The good news is - they caught the criminals because my little

girl had such a good description! She told the police "he has hair just like my grandpa and tattoos

all over him!"

My paycheck was in that purse and they tried to cash it. His girlfriend dressed up like me and put

my work name tag on but the clerk got suspicious thinking this woman didn't look like a legal secretary and called my work to ask if I was there. They nabbed the woman who was

impersonating me and she was arrested! YAY! But - the scary thing is - they had gotten rid of

everything of mine - except my social security, license house and car keys. They also had my

address!

It was a nightmare!! I have never ever put my purse in the cart again - I get a flashback every

time. Thanks so much for that great comment and great idea! Those guys would never have had

time to snatch it if I'd snapped the belt on it:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi thirdmillenium! Lol. No I'm a housewife that's been ripped off before! Lol. I hope it never happens to anyone else and "thick as thieves" we should be to stop it from happening to anyone else:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey SW:) so nice to see you! I hope you are having a wonderful season with your lovely family! I bet there isn't even any crime on your island:) thank you so much for your support! You are awesome and I have missed you!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

This brought back so many memories!! I am lucky enough to not have anything stolen from me, but I try to be smart about it so that it wouldn't happen. Still working with customers at a grocery store, at wal-mart and now at ToysRus I see sooooooooooo much theft!! It boggles my mind. 1 time we had a guy run out of the store with almost $200.00 worth of food... he didn't make it far! Still at wal-mart was probably the craziest... we had people who would steel like 5 of the exact same thing. We figured they were probably selling them to make money. It is all crazy. I hate thieves with a passion though... sometimes I feel sorry for them as well, but it doesn't matter what is going on in your life... we have enough help in our communities to help feed people if they need to be fed and theft just should never be an option. Oh well... I also am partly responsible for the inventory of stolen goods at ToysRus... so now I'm off to see what other things we can find that has been stolen lately :-) Great hub though!! Just brought back a lot of memories!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Myth! Wow! It is so surprising to hear stuff like that - I bet if people steal 5 of the same things - there's a market for it. I wonder also how much product mark up is due to padding because of stolen goods?

I just can't even imagining trying to steal food - cramming a steak in my jacket:) lol. Sorry but the visual is hilarious:) lol. Or ripping off cheese? Huh? But what bothers me is wondering if people are that desperate to eat but funny it's the same stuff...which makes me think it's for resale! Thanks so much!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Kelly - you mentioned wondering what product mark-up is because of stolen goods. You might be interested to know that shoplifting in large department stores accounts for about 27% of retail theft while inventory shrinkage (retail term for employee theft) accounts for 48%. Lesson there: don't just watch the customers. Watch your employees.

Very interesting, informative hub - voted up.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj - ahhh thank you! That is pretty huge! 48%!!! Whew! Even 27% is crazy. That really surprises me - when I worked in the lab I was afraid to accidentally take a tongue depressor or band aid home in my pocket! I certainly wouldn't have ever had the nerve to steal anything valuable. I have never seen it as the risk being worth the reward. I know I'd get caught! Lol. Thanks for that very interesting info!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

haha... you just made me remember another event. We had a lady who stole a thing of cupcakes... she shoved them down her shirt! Somebody saw her do it though so when we asked if she had decided not to get the cupcakes she got flustered and put them back... but we had to throw them out because they were all mushed up and a mess. I just don't understand people. The worst part is she tried to steal the cupcakes but bought steak and shrimp and a bunch of other expensive food with her food stamps card... she even had enough money for the cupcakes on her card. I don't get it!!! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Myth! LOL. Proof that people ARE crazy! Wow - I saw a video and these two ladies were over weight - they were stealing things in the folds of their flesh!

Which totally reminds me of this patient I saw when I worked at the ER....I'm not sure what all was wrong with her - but they did find her lost remote control for the t.v. - it was wedged between folds of skin under her belly! No - I'm so not joking! I have no clue how long it had been there.....also had another lady who was a klepto (for real) and she swallowed a fork to steal it - !! I don't even think it was REAL silver - but it was real shiny in the X-Ray it showed up in!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This is an interesting hub. I had no idea meat got stolen so often, or Elmos.

A friend just told me that in the UK people are stealing copper wiring off rail tracks and so the trains can’t go. Apparently there may be new regulations brought in to control what scrap metal merchants can buy and sell because it’s so rife.

We’ve had 2 cars stolen over the years, both were locked. Both were stolen by kids who trashed them within hours, and one was stolen from a school’s grounds.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

OH goodness that is too funny... and see this just keeps reminding me of more and more things!! lol... although the remote found in the folds of her flesh reminds me of Austin Powers!!! So gross of an image!! I like the idea of shiny though :-) I can't ever imagine eating a fork to steal it though... I know lots of people who would drink a bottle of beer in our liquor department and then leave though! lol.. They were getting desperate :-)


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You offer some very good suggestions on how to protect home, property and person. And, I had no idea you could track stolen stuffs online! I'm not sure if this is more cool or scary. It's so sad that in the season of giving we have to be aware of such but it's a sure sign of the times. Merry Christmas anyway!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Melovy - wow! I've never had one car stolen more less 2! Sheesh - that's terrible. I can bet they did trash it. The police here just found a boat ramp where people are letting stolen cars just roll right into the river. They found about 8 stolen cars in one spot.

I can see where it isn't always preventable now too..I guess we can only do so much to prevent it and some people will find a way to steal no matter what! Thanks so much for the great comment!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow Myth - lol - I wondered how alcohol could easily be stolen but I suppose if a person just drinks it right in the store it would be hard to recover! OMG! Rotf...I do think it is so interesting what people will do and there is always someone waiting in line to break the mold.

They say hotels lose plasma tv's like hot cakes! Someone even stole a copier from a conference room! And even tho the shampoo is complimentary - (and gross - it always makes my hair feel sticky) people take that and I would never. People also steal the hair dryers and mirrors and junk. Ih and 300 pound AC units!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Poetvix - yeah I was pretty surprised myself! I wondered if this economy was conducive to creating people that are so desperate they would steal more and what would be stolen? I never ever thought some of this stuff would be on the top lists! I didn't know you could track stuff either but it's good to know that there is some progress being made to recover stolen items. Thanks so much!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow Real HouseWife.. these numbers are scary. I don't know how people can steal such large items.. but they do. It is no wonder why the prices of groceries and etc.. are so high. There is so much money in security, security tags and packaging. If people were more honest prices might go down. Great hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tammy - I was pretty surprised too - and I thought I was going into the research with an open mind. I was shocked to see what people are stealing and how much! I am so afraid of bad karma - I wouldn't do it for that reason alone! Security and packaging too - I recently bought a new Eminem CD (mine got scratched:) and I got home and unwrapped it and someone had sliced through the plastic, popped it out and stole it and you could not tell! I was so mad!

Thanks so much for the read and comment!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Great hub, Kelly. I have never understood burglary and it makes me very angry. I don't have a sense of entitlement. i don't think I have the right to steal what someone else worked for. I understand the need to steal to survive, but most people don't.

Thanks for writing this funny and informative hub. Merry Christmas!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi PDX - thanks - great comment! I can totally understand that...I am so shocked by it - and surprised I haven't gotten past it:) lol I guess I hoped to find that people would only steal to feed the family or something like that...but it looks like stealing is really tied into greed and that does make me angry! I think people should just work for what they want if possible...there is always a way and resorting to any kind of crime will never get a person ahead. You can't have a career of stealing...where do these people think the end of the line is? Jail....


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Truckstop Sally 4 years ago

An interesting hub . . . and all the comments. For some, I think stealing is a dare/high . . . can I get away with it. For others a way to survive. Sad for both. Honesty is truly the best policy!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sally - so true...in all areas of life I do believe honesty is the best policy - for me anyway. Then I just don't have anything to worry about. I bet you are right and some people do get a kick out of it! Oh my goodness - I would be a nervous wreck! It is a good thing I don't have to steal to eat - I'd be in jail for sure:) lol Thank you so much!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Then if you stole food to eat and got caught, they would put you in jail and feed you! Well, not high quality meat, but at least it's three squares.

I'm not recommending it for sure. But some people do actually commit crimes with the intent of going to prison. They like the structure and they don't have to work.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austin - I was thinking that too! Three squares and a roof!

I have heard of people that want to be in jail! Or some that have been in there so long theynare institutionalized - they just get used to it I guess. I couldnt imagine it - I was co plaining about having only one electrical out let in the bathroom! Lol. I don't think I'd survive!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Very creative hub idea Kel! I love the part about "taking bed bugs home." I worked in a couple hotels for awhile and it was amazing what people took. Towels did top the list and then throw blankets. Some people actually took the coffee pot. Great hub!

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Are you serious Sharyn? The coffee pots! Why am I surprised? I read that they steal hair dryers and plasma t.v.'s - that is why they have to nail everything to the floor! lol And I don't get it - they have my credit card info - I would never want to be charged for anything like that! I suppose they rarely do for towels and such...but I even read about a hotel that had a huge copier stolen from a meeting room. I watched a video clip of this guy in a court room who walked up to the judges table when no one else was there and stole the gavel. Now why didn't he realize that there would be plenty of camera coverage in there? Not sure if that would be a misdemeanor or a felony but that was one expensive gavel!

Thanks so much - interesting what people pocket!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This was so 'fun' to read. I say it like that because theft is never really fun :) But the cars you listed as the top hot wheels in America and Canada? If I was going to spend time in prison for stealing a car I would pick something FAST to have the time of my life before I was caught! Thanks for a fun read. I mean a 'fun' read.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ardie! I know what you mean - it's odd to see people behave in ways that are so foreign to us. I'd never think of stuff like that! I think the cars they steal have lots to do with how easy it is to break in and the thieves can't steal newer cars as easy because now there's GPS! And those sensors that can shut down a car and track them:).

It won't matter what we do - when technology advances there are people not far behind to exploit it or find a way to profit illegally. I thi k if people worked so hard at school they'd be making a good legal living. Thanks so much for commenting!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

stealing is a mind set and comes, I think, from a sense of entitlement. I don't get it, but at the same time, i probably have vices that others don't understand.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Right PDX. - you are always so fair! Lol. I gotta like that in a guy:). I'm so not horrified by it - I'm very interested in why people do it and I often think their choices of what to steal are hilarious!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

It's weird. I would be more mad if someone stole from me then if someone killed me.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I don't know PDX - I think I'd hand over the jewels and let someone walk off with it than die:) lol. Although I have had someone steal from me before (a few times) and it's awfully painful!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

ya, it's weird, but it's true. I'd rather be murdered then robbed


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

PDX - you know what I can respect that - we all have out hot buttons! I did have my purse stolen about 15 years ago and it was pretty devestating! I felt very violated as they had my personal phone book, pager, house keys, paycheck, everything. I was at the grocery store - couldn't even drive my car home!

Sweet justice showed up and my little girl who was 5 got them busted because she had such a good description of the man who she saw take the purse from the cart. I tell you - I was so excited they got caught! And it was scary they had my address and house keys - they were druggies and I lived alone with my little girl then. It was an awful experience and I was really ticked!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Kelly, I can't imagine how scary that would be.I'm glad you survived and I'm glad you had such an intuitive and smart little girl to help you out :-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you PDX - I'm glad she was paying attention too! No one thought to ask the four year old:) lol. Thanks so much:)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

informative hub, kelly.

However these days Tide detergent is also a well known item to be taken away without notice from the stores. Blame it on their bar code. We, humans are very smart creatures and know which items are coded etc...lol

I like your list of to do things when going on a vacation etc.

voted up indeed!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Ruchira - oh that's a great point! There were a few ladies somewhere in my neighborhood - who were selling those kinds of products illegally! I don't know how - but I think they were buying it in bulk with coupons and then selling it - but they got caught and it was in all the newspapers...tisk, tisk! But I was thinking - gosh people are desperate!

Thank you so much!


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF THEFT AND WHITE COLLAR IS COMMON THESE DAYS. HERE IS A TRUE ACCOUNT. A WOMAN WHO RUNS HOMES FOR DISABLED AND SENIORS , HIRES HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO WORK FOR HER. THEY STEAL FROM THE CLIENTS THAT RENT FROM THEM. FORCE THEM TO WORK FOR NO MONEY UNDER THREATAS THEY DEVELOPEMNTALLY CHALLENGED AND DISABLED FEAR HER AND HER STAFF.THEN THE PEOPLE ARE ROTATED FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE FOR A CHARGE MAYBE 400 EACH WHICH SHE POCKETS. WHEN THEY DO MOVE THEY NEVER GET THEIR MONEY BACK FOR CLEAN UP. THIS WOMAN DOUBLE BILLS THE SYSTEM. SHE BILLS THE SYSTEM FOR SERVICE FOR THEM AND ALSO BILLS THE CLIENT. SHE MAKES OVER 10,000 A MONTH OR MORE DOING THIS AND DOES NOT PAY TAXES ON IT, THEN WITH THE MONEY SHE KEEPS FROM NON PAYMENT THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER 10,000 A YEAR OR MORE. BEYONED THEFT IT IS ALSO TAX EVASION.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Diane Dillon - well that story is horrible! Someone should report her to the IRS or FBI. Those crimes seem to be on so many levels.

People will steal whatever they can! They steal from banks, neighbors, lovers and friends. Stockbrokers that cheat and mislead - it's really on all kinds of levels. This hub was only meant to talk about things stolen from the stores:) stuff like you describe - well that's something I don't know much about. Too bad people get away with that stuff but believe me - they always, always get caught. A thief - should not rest to quietly because bad stuff always catches up!

Thanks so much for the read and comment!


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sheila b. 4 years ago

One of every eleven people is a thief??? I hope that statistic is wrong. My son, at about seven, took a candy bar from the grocery store. I brought him back to the store to return it. If that sort of thing is counted in the stats, I can see them being high. Yet that son, as an adult, would not steal. Anyway, as for the hot items - stealing things to give as presents!?

As young couples, my group used to debate stealing a bottle of milk for hungry children. Who would, who wouldn't? I said I'd beg for the money for milk rather than steal it. (This was considering there was no work.)

Good hub. I like the way you write.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sheila - thank YOU! I will check on that statistic - but I think that was for all theft.

My daughter did the same thing! She was 5 and took a candy bar from the gas station. I didn't want to freak her out or scare her - but I did tell her it's wrong to do and so we had to return it. The gas station attendant was SO sweet and nice about it:) I know she would never do it again also. I think we did the right thing:) lol. Good job!

And I so appreciate your compliment - every person who writes loves hearing that! You made my day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

It's such a shame that people feel the need to steal. I would almost understand if their children were hungry, but most people would give them some food. Two men stole my husband's cell phone once. One man kept me busy at the door while the other man got into Johnny's truck. I had a feeling something wasn't right and got rid of the man quickly enough that all they had time to take was his phone. To find out later, they were on drugs and had been stealing from vehicles all night over 3 counties! We got the phone back and they got jail time. You did a lot of good research here, voted up and interesting!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi sgbrown - thank you! I think the same kind of thoughts - if someone was stealing food for a child that would be one thing...but still...I am sure there are other legal ways to get food too:)

I live in St. Louis and today I heard on the radio - a 72 year old woman went shopping and a woman bumped into her and stole her checkbook from her purse. The poor lady discovered it and she was heading to the police station to fill out a report. She stopped to ask for directions and the man she asked leaned into her car and stole her purse! OMG! That poor woman and to think - all this in broad daylight - and a poor woman! Sheesh...!

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