Juvenile Shop Lifting – On Rise and Gateway Crime to My Serious Crime

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According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 25% (approximately 27 million) of all shoplifters are between the ages of 13 and 17 (that's 6,750,000 kids). As parents, we tend to focus on issues such as drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, and so on. Shoplifting is often overlooked as a serious problem.

Ethics of American Youth – 20 Summary The Josephson Institute of Ethics reveals that a boy in three and a girl in four confessed to the theft from the store last year. This is an increase from 28% of the 2006 survey to 30% of the 2008 survey. Can "she" be your child?

Why should you be concerned about your child getting out of the store? The consequences of shoplifting are far more severe than most people realize.

  • Shoplifting is a gateway offense – 5% of prison inmates say they started their crime shop as a shopkeeper.
  • Shoplifting can be a lifelong problem – 5% of adult shoplifters say they started shoplifting when they were teenagers.
  • Some universities and colleges do background checks, which can prevent your children from being taken to their preferred school if they have a theft record.
  • Many recruiters do background checks on employees before hiring. Although juvenile court records are sealed, the behavior of a child can limit what job is available.
  • If your child is convicted of shoplifting, your child will have to pay a fine, do community service, or be sentenced to a detention facility or if a teenager.

Knowledge is the key to understanding children's coping with peer pressure and endangering their future if they shoplift. Teach your kids the consequences of getting out of the store. Help them understand at this point that if they choose right away, the consequences can last a lifetime.

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