Behind the Booster: A Typology of Shoplifters

Amy R. Flanigan, University of North Texas
Gail Caputo, University of North Texas

This paper presents a profile of shoplifters based on information from in-depth interviews with these offenders. Information regarding the techniques, motivations and duration and intensity were used to create this profile. The data is used to understand the typology of shoplifters by comparing previous typologies from prior literature to the unique experiences of this population. The purpose is to create a more accurate way to classify and understand the onset and continuance of shoplifting behavior.

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