n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An empirical investigation of women shoplifting in Gauteng North

Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Shoplifting continues to be a major source of loss in the retail industry both in South Africa and elsewhere. This article has been grouped into two distinct parts. The first part presents an overview of women's overall participation in crime, in general. The theories for female involvement in crime, a portrait of the 'typical' female offender, as well as information on the types of crimes women engage in, and the level of female involvement in crime in South Africa. This background information on female offenders serves to situate and contextualise the second part of the article, which focussed specifically on women's involvement in shoplifting is explored as well as challenges if any, raised by either the business or the police regarding the effectiveness of the South African Police Service (SAPS) as well as the business community in terms of responding to the challenges brought by the retail theft. Recommendations were also made and conclusion drawn based on the findings that were discussed.

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