If you are a person who truly wants to stop shoplifting, then you must give yourself that chance. To begin you must make a commitment to yourself and then take specific actions to ensure that you will never shoplift again.
To help yourself, commit to participating in one of the following programs now. You should participate in as many as you feel you need. We recommend starting with the educational program.
- Enroll in an Educational Program which you can complete in the privacy of your home either online or with audio CD’s and a workbook. This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. The program will help you understand why you shoplifted and give you the tools you need to make you less likely to repeat the offense. You will receive a letter of satisfactory completion once you have successfully completed the program. Click here to learn more
- Participate in a 60 minute confidential Telephone Coaching Session and receive professional feedback with recommendations along with an email verification of your successful completion. Call 1-800-848-9595 to make an appointment
- Complete the NASP Self-Assessment online and print a copy of your personal evaluation with recommendations to help you understand factors in your life that may have contributed to your shoplifting. Click here to learn more.
- Begin psychotherapy and receive a written evaluation from your therapist. To
get a Referral To A Psychotherapist call 1-800-848-9595.
NASP believes that most people who are willing to take responsibility for their actions and take steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, deserve a chance to put shoplifting behind them forever.
KIDS: Say “NO” To Shoplifting
You may have heard from peers that “shoplifting is no big deal” or that “everybody does it” but we assure you that anyone saying that, has not been caught shoplifting. The reality is that shoplifting is a very big deal especially to kids who get caught.
Here is what kids say who have been caught shoplifting:
- “My parents are so disappointed in me”
- “Stealing was my lowest point”
- “I’m a statistic”
- “The hardest thing is the way my parents look at me, like a bad person”
- “I’m a good kid. I can’t believe I was so stupid”
- “I’m so embarrassed”
- “My friend said that if we got caught, she would say it was her alone. She didn’t.”
- “My grandmother thought I was the best, now I think she looks down on me”
- “What hurt the most is the way my mother cried when she saw me in handcuffs”
- “I wanted to make something of myself, now I blew it”
- “This one action will stick with me for the rest of my life”
- “Now my parents feel they can’t trust me”
- “The risk is just not worth the reward”
- “I never realized how much this one stupid act could cost me and my family”
Shoplifting may seem tempting. But remember, when you shoplift, you risk the chance of losing trust and self-respect, a part of yourself which has far greater value than any item you could take from a store. Don’t kid yourself. Shoplifting is a crime with serious consequences.
If you think you may have a problem with shoplifting or have been recently caught, we encourage you to enroll in a program (with your parent’s permission) which will help you get back on track.