The Things We Steal

New York magazine has by-the-numbers look at shoplifting, including a list of the most frequently stolen items:

Highly targeted items:
• Designer handbags
• High-end vacuums
• High-end mixers
• GPS devices
• Kids’ electronics

Designer handbags, sure, but high-end vacuums is a surprisingly one to me! How do you make off with a vacuum? I guess if it’s a Roomba, it’s small enough to hide in a bag?

Also, a vital note: “According to a 2008 Columbia University study, shoplifting ‘was more common among those with higher education and income, suggesting that financial considerations are unlikely to be the main motivator.'”

Photo: Eirik Newth



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