Are fears of a shoplifting surge running away from the facts?

No, there is evidence that shoplifting is on the rise, particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Retail Federation, shoplifting is rising due to store closures, long lines, and an increase in burglaries, theft, and other crimes of opportunity. Additionally, retailers have reported an increase in shoplifting activity as people struggle financially due to the economic downturn.

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