In New York City, 327 people responsible for more than 6,000 shoplifting arrests, about one-third of all shoplifting arrests

Apr 16, 2023 | Crime

Yet another example of how a relatively small number of criminals account for a large percentage of crimes. For professional shoplifters, one might imagine that they are arrested at a lower rate per offense than others who are not as experienced.

Nearly a third of all shoplifting arrests in New York City last year involved just 327 people, the police said. Collectively, they were arrested and rearrested more than 6,000 times, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. Some engage in shoplifting as a trade, while others are driven by addiction or mental illness; the police did not identify the 327 people in the analysis. . . .

Staff, “A Tiny Number of Shoplifters Commit Thousands of New York City Thefts,” DNYUZ, April 15, 2023.