According to the National Retail Federation, theft is a significant problem for stores in communities across the country, both big and small. This issue costs businesses nearly $100 billion, and unfortunately, the situation is only worsening.

Walmart's CEO, Doug McMillon, addressed this concern in an interview with CNBC almost a year ago, acknowledging that theft has become a more substantial issue recently. Find out more about the types of items people are stealing and the measures being taken to prevent theft below.

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What's the difference between shoplifting and organized theft?

Shoplifting is the act of stealing something while pretending to be a customer.

Shoplifting merchandise valued at $500 or less is a misdemeanor in Minnesota and is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000. Stealing merchandise valued at $1000 or more is punishable by up to one year in jail and fines of up to $3,000.

Organized retail crime involves the systematic theft of retail goods on a large scale, to sell the items for financial gain.

Criminal groups orchestrate these operations using sizable teams to steal from retailers. The stolen merchandise is then sold through various channels, including online platforms and flea markets,

The Most Commonly Stolen Items From Minnesota Walmarts

There are 64 Walmart SuperCenters in Minnesota. Below, you'll see the items that thieves target the most according to Business Insider. 

Companies have increased safety measures to prevent crime by adding security officers, locking up certain items, and adding more surveillance. Self-check-out areas are also being closely monitored.

The 11 Most Stolen Items From Walmart Stores

These are the items Walmart identifies as the most frequently stolen in their stores.

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