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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1969. Department of Business Organization and Management.


Copyright 1968, the author. Used by permission.


The hypothesis that this thesis tests is that prevention is the “key” to the control of retail theft losses in lieu of apprehension and prosecution.The objectives of this thesis are first to describe the retail theft problem that confronts American retailers. This thesis also examines who are, and who can be, retail thieves, how these thieves operate, why these thieves steal from retail stores and how they can be stopped.

A retail store survey was conducted in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June and August of 1968, and the results of this survey have been used to determine anti-theft measures in use in that locality. Department stores, specialty stores, drug stores, discount stores, variety stores, and supermarkets are represented in the survey.

Advisor: Robert H. Cole