A major problem is that much shoplifting appears to be involuntary. Current methods of display in retail stores may create too much temptation which the individual finds unable to resist even though he or she may wish to do so. Or the individual may have normal respect for property in all other situations but somehow does not see shoplifting as a crime. It becomes a habit that is difficult to break.
Up to one-half of 'Inventory shrinkage' attributed to shop-lifting may be due to employee theft and poor accounting.