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Retail Theft Increases During the Holiday Season

 Posted on December 07, 2023 in Theft

DuPage County criminal defense lawyerThe holiday season is approaching fast, and you can expect to see an uptick in receiving packages to your door, good cheer, and Mariah Carey singing on every radio station. According to law enforcement, you can also expect an uptick in retail theft. For whatever reason, theft is on the rise during the holiday season, which means that theft and larceny charges will also be on the rise. Facing these charges is always better with an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Why Theft Rises During the Holidays

There is no one definitive answer to why holidays see a rise in theft. Theft occurs for many reasons that may be amplified by the time of season. Stress is likely the main culprit as it can connect with many holiday-related issues. Family get-togethers, losing a job, substance abuse, and financial complications can all be reasons someone may choose to commit larceny.

Financial stress is likely the biggest reason for most people during the holiday season. The pressures of affording gifts combined with the terrible economy can push people over the edge toward a criminal act.

What is Organized Retail Theft?

Organized retail theft is perpetrated by criminal rings intent on stealing large quantities of retail products for resale. This type of theft continues to rise and is poised to continue to spike during the holiday season. Thieves often steal items from retail stores and then post them in large quantities online as legitimate merchandise.

Far From a Victimless Crime

Some people may see shoplifting as a victimless crime. After all, no one was hurt, and the corporations who own the chain will likely have measures to cover the stolen merchandise. However, these individuals are not seeing the bigger picture. Every stolen item means that the state misses out on much-needed sales tax that funds local programs most of the community relies on. Retail is also one of the largest providers of revenue to local governments and the state, not to mention the small businesses who have a hard time building themselves up without worrying about retail theft being thrown into the mix.

Contact a DuPage County, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

Accusations abound during the holidays, with retail theft on the rise. It is not totally out of the question that you may have been falsely accused of stealing. When facing theft charges, you should first call a skilled Wheaton, IL theft defense lawyer. The Davi Law Group, LLC can review your case and defend your rights. Contact the firm at 630-580-6373 for a free consultation today.

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