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A 4 or 8 hour Thef/Shoplifting Class for adults or juveniles who need to complete a theft or shoplifting class. (An impulse control class is available too - theft specific). You can stop and start anytime you want - on your time schedule! This petit theft class is completely self-paced, sign out and come back later, the computer will take you back to where you ended. That's right, work on it a half hour at a time, more sometimes, less others - you choose. Of course the same holds true for our workbook clients!

4 Hour Class - $50
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This program is for people across the nation who have been involved in any theft related offense. In this theft/shoplifting class, we will explore an offernder's thinking and behaviors, while also discussing victim awareness and personal responsibility.  This course is appropriate for mandated clients who are required to attend theft counseling/classes or for those seeking help on their own. A Certificate of Completion is activated at the conclusion of the course and can be printed and used as confirmation of completion. Workbook clients can get their certificate by US Mail or by email.

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Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald The Psychology of Stealing, Steven M. Houseworth, MA


The Psychology of Stealing: a manual for professional counselors, psychologists, therapists, social workers, practitioners, school counselors/psychologists, judges, probation and corrections officers. Authored by Steven Houseworth, MA, a practicing juvenile justice counselor for the past 25 years. He is a co-founder of "THEFT TALK" Counseling Service Inc., a Masters level Counseling Psychology graduate of Lewis & Clark College, an American Psychological Association affiliate member and college instructor. Mr. Houseworth has specialized in theft offender counseling for the past 21 years. The Psychology of Stealing is the product of many years of research and practice.

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Shoplifting by Honest Adults. A book outlining what the author refers to as the atypical shoplifter. (Note a link to this page does not infer an endorsement of the position/frame of reference taken by the author)

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Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Lo jack.  Fast Facts: Critical Information of Vehicle Theft 

All types of vehicles - both passenger automobiles and commercial equipment - are at risk for theft. LoJack has collected information from a variety of well-respected sources to help you learn about all types of vehicle theft. For those wishing to do more in depth research, we have provided links to key sites.

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Employee Theft. Employees steal over a billion dollars a week from their employers! This newly released report offers a unique insight into the nature and magnitude of employee theft, how and why employees steal, warning signs, myths and facts about employee theft and proven strategies to detect and prevent theft.

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Shoplifting Facts. When someone steals merchandise offered for sale in a retail store it is generically called shoplifting. To commit shoplifting one must intend to permanently deprive the merchant of the value of the merchandise.... following link outlines the criteria for apprehension: following link discusses false arrest:

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Shoplifting & Internal Theft Prevention. Shoplifters assume they won't be caught. Prove them wrong by following these tips: Put a Stop to Shoplifting; Common Shoplifting Methods ; What to Watch For ;Employees are Not Exempt ; Embezzlement & Pilferage ; Inventory Control ; Computer Fraud ; Bribery & Kickbacks

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Employee Theft Anonymous (ETA) is an avenue for good faith employees to reveal incidents of theft, fraud, pilfering and other abuses committed by co-workers, supervisors and management. ETA provides a support system for the prevention and investigation of workplace crimes



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 Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald State-by-State Identity Theft Laws A good site giving reference to State-by-State Identity theft laws.

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald IdentityRestore Getting you back in control.  This site is dedicated to assisting you repair the damage from identity theft. They want to provide you with the resources to regain control of your life. Identity Theft  This site is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission. Please continue to visit this site often and share the information with your family, friends and colleagues. More information will be added to the site regularly, including government reports and Congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, and links to other sites with helpful information about identity theft.

 Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Identity Theft  Welcome to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). ITRC is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive program against identity theft-by supporting victims, broadening public awareness, disseminating information about this crime and decreasing the potential victim population.

 Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Identity Theft HelpIdentity Theft Help For Prevention and Victims.  Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Here is the help you need for prevention and recovery for victims.

 Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald The Crime Doctor - Identity TheftPreventative Steps If You Become a Victim

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Identity Theft Prevention and Survival. Identity-Theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting approximately 500,000 new victims each year!Get help with the Identity-Theft Survival Kit If you have been victimized by identity fraud, take steps right now to keep it from getting worse! If you are not a victim learn how to protect your identity, credit and good name

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Coping with Identity Theft: What to Do When An Imposter Strikes. Identity Theft: What to Do When it Happens to You -- A Guide for Victims. Identity Theft: How It Happens, Its Impact on Victims, and Legislative Solutions. Identity Theft Cases:

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald  Equifax Credit Watch  


Identity Theft

Identity theft has rapidly become serious business and a major public concern . The effects of identity theft can be devastating. One thing we know: The number one way to protect yourself from identity theft is to protect your social security number. Below are the best links we could find on identity theft.Guarding Against Credit Card FraudTips to help protect yourself from credit and charge card fraud Do:

  • Sign new credit cards as soon as they arrive at your home.

Keep a photocopy of your credit cards - front and rear. This method preserves for you the card number, expiration dates, and the phone number and address of each company.

When possible try to watch your card during the transaction, and get it back as quickly as possible.

Write "Void" incorrect receipts.

Destroy the actual black carbon between the merchant copy and your copy.

Save receipts to compare with your billing statements.

Reconcile credit card accounts monthly, just like you do with your checking account.

Promptly report, by phone and in writing, any questionable charges to the card issuer.

  • Notify credit card companies of any change in address.


  • Don't leave credit cards or receipts lying around.

Don't sign a blank receipt.

  • Don't give your credit card account number over the phone unless you're making the call to a company you know is reputable.

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Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald   Look for a credit card with lots of options

Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald  The purpose of is to help you narrow your search for credit cards down to the best deals that the Internet has to offer. Our website is dedicated to helping you find cards that match your credit history, your need for a credit card, and your particular financial circumstances. Whether you are a business owner, student or consumer with bad credit, you will find online credit card offers to meet your specific needs.  

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Shoplifters vs. Retailers by Charles A. Sennwald Wow, a wonderful resource with a massive bibliography about stealing, theft, shoplifting, kleptomania. Books, magazines, news articles. Impressive

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Shoplifting is not a crime, it is a euphemism for the word stealing or theft, and theft is a crime. I'm not sure why our culture allowed the word "theft" to be different for someone who steals from a store, but the effect has been to minimize its seriousness in the mind of the shoplifter, our society and, interestingly, the police. It would seem logical for someone who is shoplifting to minimize the seriousness of this crime by calling it "shoplifting", but for the police to be swayed to this way of thinking is no less sacrilegious than for an American citizen to allow the euphemism, "casualty of war" to replace the word "death", minimizing the sacrifices of our Veterans.

The same point can be made of the term "petty theft". Doesn't the word "petty" conjure up notions of insignificance, unimportance and irrelevance? It almost appears the police and our society have fallen victim to a very successful propaganda campaign intending to minimize the seriousness of theft from a store by calling it "shoplifting". Actually, if you take time to think about it, whether the item is stolen from a store, your employer, or, has great or small value, it is still stealing. It is also a statement about the shoplifters character.

I don't work for a store or retailer and I do not spend my time trying to show retailers how to better protect themselves from shoplifting with cameras, mirrors, electronic tags, security personnel, etc. I spend my time helping theft offenders think through their actions, attitudes, values and beliefs. Working with most people who steal is not all that difficult. What I have discovered through theft offender counseling is that most theft offenders have relatively transparent thinking errors. For example, if you believed 2 + 3 equals 6 you would have a thinking error. Your thinking error would not readily be identified, (How often do you do math out loud or in front of someone, and, to take it even further, how many people are willing to confront you with your math error?). However, once this thinking error is identified, you would be quick to self correct.

There is also such a thing as a "cultural thinking error." One common cultural thinking error occurs when we minimize the impact of shoplifting by buying into the notion that if someone is "shoplifting", he must be a victim. Common cultural thinking errors are that theft offenders are victims of poverty, poor parenting, hunger, alcohol and drugs, ADHD, peer pressure, etc. The fact is, most people who steal from stores are none of the above and, all people who choose to steal from stores have options to stealing. Oh, kleptomania you say?

People who are shoplifting are not all that different from you and I. Simply stated, the primary differences include, 1) an overdose of selfishness, 2) a stronger than normal attraction to the forbidden, 3) thinking errors you and I don't have, and, most of all, 4) they don't self punish the thought of stealing.