Retail Crime: Aim, Scope, Theoretical Framework and Definitions

  • Vania Ceccato
  • Rachel Armitage
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


This chapter provides an introduction to the theme retail crime, the book scope, theoretical framework and key definitions used to structure this edited volume and support the reading of the chapters. Retail crime encompasses any criminal act against a store, a company or a conglomerate of companies, their properties as well as their employees and customers. The book also explores how the use of technology reduces crime but may also create new crime opportunities, some linked to organised criminal organisations far away from where crime occurs. This chapter also illustrates how this edited volume contributes to the current knowledge base by characterising the dynamics of retail crime from a multidisciplinary and international perspective with examples from Australia, Brazil, England, Israel, Italy, the UK and the US.


Shopping crime Shrinkage Total retail loss ORC Self-checkouts CPTED Routine activity Situational crime prevention Crime pattern theory Rational choice theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vania Ceccato
    • 1
  • Rachel Armitage
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban Planning and Built EnvironmentKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Applied Criminology CentreUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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