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Flash mobs the latest threat this holiday season

Maria Korolov | Oct. 27, 2016
The holiday season rings in more than just higher sales for retailers. There's also more shoplifting and lower profit margins than the rest of the year, according to a report released today. Plus, this year, there's an extra surprise -- flash mobs

The most stolen items this holiday season will be apparel, children's toys, and electronics and electronics accessories, according to Deyle.

And in addition to shoplifters, there's also store employees, he added.

As a result, theft is not only going up quarter over quarter because of the season, but is also up slightly by 3 to 7 percent, depending on the country, compared to the same period last year.

Customers and employees are stretched thin because of the economy, he said, so the risk situation is different than it was in times when the economy was doing better.

"And we didn't have flash mobs coming and stealing everything in the store," he added.


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