Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. William Wakefield

Second Advisor

Dr. Vincent Webb

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Simpson


It was the purpose of this study to show the disparity in effort between the shoplifter in practice of the crime, and the retail security specialist’s efforts toward prevention and apprehension. In addition, a further objective was to dispel some of the myths surrounding the crime of shoplifting and its prevention. Finally, this study sought to make specific recommendations for the purpose of advising retail security personnel where their efforts may be continued, discontinued, or re-directed to combat more effectively the crime of shoplifting.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Douglas D. Steensma November, 1977

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