The Most Shoplifted Items Include Pregnancy Tests & Weight Loss Pills

When times are tough, the temptation of a five-finger discount can push consumers to shoplift — and it’s not like people are taking just flashy duds or pretty jewelry. Baby formula, pregnancy tests, vacuums and kitchen mixers — many of the most common items are expensive and are therefore being shoplifted, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation.

It’s not just people stealing things for personal use, but shoplifters go for products they can sell for near-retail price, notes ABC News. A few new products to the list this year include KitchenAid mixers, educational toys and games, GPS units and laundry detergent.

So what are the most common items snatched? Some might surprise you, some might not (everyone needs to brush their teeth, after all):

Energy drinks
High-end liquor
Infant formula
Over-the-Counter Medicine
Allergy medicine
Diabetic testing strips
Pain relievers
Weight loss pills
Electric toothbrushes & replacement heads
Lotions and creams
Pregnancy tests
Denim jeans
Designer clothing/denim
Cell Phones
Digital cameras
Digital recorders
GPS devices
LCD monitors & televisions
High-end vacuums
KitchenAid mixers

What Are The Most Shoplifted Items? [ABC News]


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  1. MutantMonkey says:

    LCD monitors & televisions
    High-end vacuums
    KitchenAid mixers


    • cybrczch says:

      As for the how – load into a shopping cart and walk out the door. If you’re lucky, you’ll be out and loaded into waiting vehicle before store security can get there (and if the store has a ‘greeters do not confront’ policy, so much the better).

      • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

        Home, like Electronics, Over-the-Counter Medicine and others, are section titles in the original article. Copy/Paste fail comment redacted.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      Carmen Sandiego has never been caught

  2. Coffee says:

    In a new study, it was determined that the “Shoplifting Gene” is, evidently, found on the X chromosome.

  3. CrazyEyed says:

    They are forgetting makeup. Makeup is one of the most shoplifted items anywhere. Some of the larger electronic on this list suprise me. How on earth does someone just walk out carrying a TV. Unless the door checkers aren’t doing their job or paying attention, this shouldn’t happen.

    • iesika says:

      Between the legs under a muumuu. I was in a store when they caught someone trying this (she’d have managed it if the cord hadn’t dangled).

      Also…strollers. You can hide a lot of shit in a big stroller.

      • HappyBigCar says:

        I’ve even accidentally shoplifted using a stroller. Kept piling stuff up on the top part, then transferred the biggest item (a picture frame) to the “purse” area underneath the seat. Checked out, paying for all the stuff I’d piled on top, and didn’t even realize the frame was still down on the bottom until I went to fold up the stroller out by the car. If it’s that easy to do by mistake, I bet it’s super easy to do on purpose.

    • RandomLetters says:

      Go to some store, like Walmart, that offers checkout in the back of the store. Purchase a few items. Next as you head out of the store place the large ticket item in the cart with the bags with the items you’ve purchased on top of it. Since Walmart doesn’t have the receipt checkers anymore it takes a pretty alert staff to catch it.

    • gman863 says:

      +1 on makeup. At the grocery store I lease space in for my computer shop, they placed a locked gate in front of the cosmetics aisle at 9 PM.

      They also keep condoms, pregnency test kits, etc. in a locked glass case with a sign stating, “Please See an Associate for Help With Family Planning”. I guess this is why I see so many knocked up women in the checkout lines.

    • Here to ruin your groove says:

      Inside job. When I was working at a restaurant a few idiots we fired went to work at the Target nearby. They came in later offering steep discounts on all sorts of electronics/TVs. Ruined that real quick for those idiots by calling the store in the morning.

  4. alana0j says:

    Ahhh embarrassingly enough I did frequently snatch up diet pills when I was a senior in high school. I was broke, family was broke and I was very unhappy with how I looked.

    If only I was smart enough then and had the guidance from my parents to just eat better and be more active. Two kids and 8 years later, I am 30 pounds lighter than I was then.

  5. Cat says:

    The pregnancy tests in the dollar store are just about as accurate as the ones that cost $20 at the pharmacy.

  6. Blueskylaw says:

    Wherefore art thou Tide?

  7. kaptainkk says:

    Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

  8. DoodlestheGreat says:

    Allergy medicine and weight loss pills are actually pretty damned obvious. Methheads grab the stuff.

  9. Cat says:

    Condoms didn’t make the list, but pregnancy tests did?

  10. The Twilight Clone says:

    When I worked at Best Buy (circa 1995), this is one of the ways TVs and computers would disappear:

    1. Simply grab the item off the shelf as if you’re shopping.
    2. Remove the soft tag (small white sticker with metallic sensor).
    3. Wait until the trained ape at the front door is called away for any reason.
    4. Walk out the door.

    We responded to this by putting boxed computers on the high shelves. That helped.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      Hey now! I worked at the front door of a Best Buy for a while and I have to point out a major error in your scenario.

      I was not trained.