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learn how to assess and treat clients who suffer from
compulsive shoplifting and stealing.
counseling for clients struggling with compulsive theft and/or
spending starts this year! Relapses frequently occur just
before, during, or after the holiday season! Get a jump on
creating a solid foundation before the holiday season ramps
up! Individual phone counseling
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Mark your calendars!
Airing December 1st: Mr. Shulman will be a featured guest
expert on compulsive shopping and spending on The
Women's Entertainment Channel's "Secret Lives of Women";
and airing December 10th, Mr. Shulman will be a featured guest
expert on compulsive shoplifting and stealing on the Canadian
Broadcast Corporation's "Doc-Zone"
can be the best of times or the worst of times.
Or sometimes a little of both. We have officially entered the
holiday season which includes the trifecta holidays:
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah (and New Years to
Last time this year, we were reeling from the
economic collapse in the late summer and were, at least,
preoccupied with the presidential campaigns and election. The
stats were in at the beginning of this year and they showed a
noticeable drop off in consumer spending during the
holidays--at least at stores; however, online shopping spiked
dramatically from the year before. All in all, the shopping
was down slightly but it could have been worse. Many might
remember the story of the New York Wal-Mart employee who was
trampled to death by shoppers who forced themselves into the
store just before the start of Black Friday--the day
after Thanksgiving. Shopping frenzies were
still alive and well.
Likewise, stats regarding
shoplifting and employee theft showed a significant spike
during the last half to quarter of 2008. The economy certainly
played a part as people became more desperate. Organized
retail crime has steadily increased as well. The theft stats
might have been even higher if not for the fact that many
retail stores and companies had already gone under by the time
It will be interesting to see if this
holiday shopping season is any different than last. The
economy is still volatile and millions more Americans have
lost their jobs, insurance, homes (and more) this year. Of
course, we've all heard about and have tried to embrace
frugality and simplicity as the new vogue. But old habits die
hard. Whether we have the money in our budget or not, most of
us shop (or shoplift or steal from work) more out of emotion
than out of lack of money.
We need to be aware of the
societal messages around us. I don't President Obama will be
as explicit in telling Americans to "go shopping" to help our
economy (as former President Bush did after the 9/11 attacks).
But there will be more subtle messages from our political
leaders to do so. And there will be very explicit advertising
from the nation's retailers whose economic intake just between
Thanksgiving and New Years typically accounts for 20%
or more of their annual profits. In other words, for many
retailers, the holiday shopping season may be the difference
between staying in business or not. That's why the call the
day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday." Statistics also show
that about 20% of annual shoplifting and employee theft also
occur during this same period.
Of course, most
retailers will be competing for our consumer dollars and, now
more than ever, offering "deals and bargains" too good to
refuse. But remember the old adage: "you have to spend money
to save money." Besides, these holidays afford us a time for
focusing on what's really most important in our lives: things
We may need reminding that the holiday
season can be both the best of times and the worst of times
for several reasons. It can be the best of times when we focus
on what's most important: fun, family, creativity, gratitude,
blessings, miracles, renewal and transformation. In fact,
these are the basic themes of Halloween, Thanksgiving,
Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Years. Holidays become the worst
of times when we lose sight of this and feel the pressure to
spend, spend, spend (or steal, steal, steal) and when old,
difficult memories of stressful holidays past resurface with
nervous anticipation of holidays present. Family gatherings,
as many of us know, present a mixed bag of emotions (conflicts
and opportunities to heal and get closer).
for many, the colder, darker months of the year bring on some
degree of depression, lethargy, and "seasonal affective
disorder." Research shows that almost all addictions increase
during the holiday season (eating, drinking, drugging,
gambling, TV, shopping, shoplifting, co-dependency,
So, are your holidays going to be "holy days" or
are you going to find yourself in a "holi-daze"? Now is the
time to plan ahead and make decisions about how your holidays
are going to go. Some things to consider and helpful hints
include the following:
1. Create a reasonable budget
for each of the major holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving,
Christmas/ Hanukkah, and New Years)... and stick to
2. Decide if this is a good year for you to host
holidays of if, honestly, it is too stressful and you need to
ask someone else to host or, at a minimum, ask for significant
help so you're not hosting or doing all the work by
3. Be creative with costumes, decorations,
and gift-giving. Look around your home for materials, food,
decorations, and gifts that can be created or recycled. In an
ironic twist, I suspect one of the more popular costumes this
Halloween will be the beggar or hobo.
practice gratitude and simplicity throughout the holidays.
Make a running list (include family in this exercise, too!)
Post the list on the refrigerator. Start simple, for instance,
with gratitude for a roof over your head, food on the table,
electricity, running water, healthy kids, a car that runs,
5. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, food bank,
soup kitchen, or some other place where you (and your family)
will get some much needed perspective and your heart will be
6. Set boundaries with toxic people. Don't
invite them to gatherings this year or set down some ground
rules that have to be followed and get others to help you
enforce them if need be.
7. Get plenty of extra
emotional support either through counseling, support groups,
or healthy people in your life. Don't isolate! Surround
yourself with healthy people!
8. Eat right, exercise,
and get enough rest. Don't burn yourself out!
Scheduled some fun time you! Whether it's a movie, a nice
dinner, a massage, a modest vacation (or "staycation"),
make sure you are not only giving to others but asking for
what you want, need and deserve.
10. Find time for
spiritual sustenance and renewal--whether through reading,
meditating, prayer, spending time in nature, or attending
worship services--take some time to nurture your soul and
If we follow as many of these ten steps as
possible, we shall not only survive the holidays but,
hopefully, we'll thrive during the holidays and experience
true miracles and good memories no matter what challenges or
circumstances we find ourselves
L. HAYES INTERNATIONAL, INC. Consultants in Assets Protection
27520 Water Ash
Drive Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (813) 991-5628
RELEASE September 1, 2009
Shoplifters/Dishonest Employees are Apprehended in
Record Numbers by US Retailers!
Annual Theft Survey by Jack L. Hayes
Wesley Chapel, FL -- Shoplifters and
dishonest employees stole over $6.0 billion in 2008 from
just 22 major retailers, according to the
21st Annual Retail Theft
Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, the leading
loss prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting
firm. These 22 surveyed retailers apprehended a record 904,226
shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2008 and recovered more
than $182 million from these
3rd consecutive year, both
the apprehensions and recovery dollars from shoplifters and
dishonest employees rose; up 7.26% and 21.64% respectively."
said Mark R. Doyle, President of Jack L. Hayes International.
"While shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions
increased 7.65% and 3.01% respectively, the increase in
recovery dollars from these apprehensions was up an amazing
30.24% for shoplifting and almost 10% for dishonest employees.
It should also be noted that employee theft apprehensions and
recovery dollars increased for the 5th straight year." Mr.
"With the downturn in the economy, we
have seen an increase in theft, which is having a detrimental
impact on retailers' bottom-line profits. These losses drive
consumer prices higher and can force unprofitable stores to
from this highly anticipated annual theft survey include:
Participants: 22 large retail companies with 19,151
stores and over $570 billion in retail sales (2008).
Apprehensions: 904,226 shoplifters and dishonest
employees were apprehended in 2008, up 7.26% from 2007.
Recovery Dollars: Over $182 million was recovered
from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2008,
up 21.64% from 2007.
Shoplifter Apprehensions: 832,106 shoplifters were
apprehended in 2008, up 7.65% from 2007.
Shoplifter Recovery Dollars: Over $113 million was
recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2008, an amazing
30.24% increase from 2007. An additional $37.2 million was
recovered from shoplifters where no apprehension was made, up
9.08% from 2007.
Employee Apprehensions: 72,120 dishonest employees
were apprehended in 2008, up 3.01% from 2007.
Employee Recovery Dollars: Over $69.8 million was
recovered from employee apprehensions in 2008, up 9.9% from
every 30 employees was apprehended for theft from their
employer in 2008. (Based
on over 2.1 million employees.)
per case average, dishonest employees steal a little over 7
times the amount stolen by shoplifters ($969.14 vs $135.81).
For full survey
results visit the website: www.hayesinternational.com
It is with sadness
and respect that I share I recently learned Mrs. Dorothy
Hickey passed away in April of this year. Dorothy was a former
probation officer from London, Ontario who started a local
Shoplifters Anonymous group there in the mid-1990's. I
made contact wtih her during that time and we shared each
other's vision that self-help and support groups for
recovering shoplifters were necessary and effective way of
helping individuals and educating society at large about this
phenomenon. Dorothy retired many years ago but published the
book "Shoplifting: A Cry for Help"
in 1996. I recently had the good fortune to re-connect
with her by phone about a year ago. I mailed her a copy of my
2003 book "Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction
and Recovery" and saluted her pioneering work in this
field. Thank you Dorothy! Dorothy is survived by her husband
Leo who also shared her vision and helped publish her book.
Thank you Leo!
We are completing depositions and will
have a status conference after that. Likely, we will be filing
and arguing our Motion for Summary Judgment to have this case
dismissed so that anonymous self-help groups for those
interested in recovery from shoplifting/theft behavior might
continue to exist and expand without fear of being sued. We
continue to ask for your support. May divine justice
Compulsive Theft & Spending in The News!
September 21st--Mr. Shulman was
featured on live radio www.stopandthinkradio.com speaking about compulsive theft and
Shulman will be presenting a 90-minute interactive discussion
on compulsive theft and spending at The Costick Center in
Farmington Hills, Michigan.
October 14-16--Mr. Shulman will be
presenting on compulisve theft and spending at The American
Psychotherapy Associations Annual Conference in Las Vegas,
October 23 and 25--Mr. Shulman will
be presenting on compulsive theft and spending at 2 day-long
seminars presented by The Jewish Family Services in the
created an online continuing education course on compulsive
shopping and spending based on his book and Power Point
presentation through the American Psychotherapy Association.
This course is available for purchase by APA members and
non-members alike. http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/
Shulman created an online education course on employee theft
based on is book and Power Point presentation through 360
Training Services. See www.360training.com
Mr. Shulman is assisting with a CNN TV news story
about compulsive shopping/spending in today's economy.
Mr. Shulman will be featured in a
segment on shoplifting addiction in the MSNBC series "Theft in
America" to air in late 2009.
Mr. Shulman is
consulting on the development of a major motion picture
tentatively called "The Rush" in which the lead character is
addicted to shoplifting and stealing.
Mr. Shulman submitted a chapter on
employee theft for a U.K. book entitled "Risky Business" to be
released in late 2009.
Mr. Shulman continues to assist the
Kingman, Arizona court system with his court-ordered homestudy
program for retail fraud offenders. The program is based on
material from his book "Something for Nothing: Shoplifting
Addiction and Recovery" (2003).
December 1--Mr. Shulman will
be featured on Women's Entertainment TV's "Secret Lives of
Women" episode about compulsive
December 10--Mr. Shulman will be
featured on Canadian Broadcast Corporation's "Doc-Zone" series
about compulsive shoplifting and stealing.
Mr. Shulman wrote an article on compulsive shopping
and spending to appear this Fall in Paradigm Magazine
published in association with Proctor Hospital and The
Illinois Institute for Addiction and Recovery.
Shulman is consulting with an author who is writing a novel
about two kleptomaniacs who fall in love.
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Franklin, Michigan 48025
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