Shoplifting used to be a much bigger problem in Rochester, New Hampshire. There were a total of 372 incidents that took place in 2013 and 392 incidents in 2014. Of those incidents, 2013 saw 285 arrests, while 2014 saw 331.
Because this was such an issue, the police department started writing up press releases each time someone was arrested. They put these out in hopes that it would raise awareness and keep people from shoplifting in the future -- perhaps by showing them the reality of what happened to those who were arrested.
However, the department has now decided to put out fewer press releases. Having so many was a large drain on both time and money. Additionally, the press releases may have worked, as recent numbers indicate that shoplifting is down for 2015.
From the beginning of the year to March in 2014, the police had 93 different shoplifting incidents, and they arrested 78 people. In 2015, when looking at the same stretch of time, they had only had 40 different reports, and they have arrested just 34 people. That's a decline of more than 50 percent.
Of course, those numbers may not hold up all year long, as it's impossible to see how the coming months will go, and things may average out in the end. However, the trend definitely seems to show that shoplifting is on the decline, and the overall numbers will come out much, much lower if that trend holds all year long.
If you have been accused of theft or shoplifting, make sure that you know what legal options you have. Despite the decline, this is still something that shows up about once every three days, on average.
Source: Fosters.com, "Big anti-shoplifting push over," Caitlin Andrews, April. 14, 2015