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Retail theft on the rise

As the economy slumps lower, retail crime statistics are rising. According to the Retail Industry Leaders Association, theft or amateur shoplifting was up 84 percent in 2008. RILA's Current Crime Trends Survey reports the crimes have also penetrated beyond cities and urbanized states to more rural areas. The most-targeted booty? Shaving products, razor blades, cosmetics, face creams and perfumes.

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