Shoplifting is the criminal action of stealing goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer. It is considered to be a form of theft and subject to prosecution. Criminal theft involves taking possession of property illegally. Shoplifting, also known as larceny, is the act of taking away property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. It involves taking the advantage of other hardworking people. The stores have to buy equipment to prevent shoplifting and the consumers have to pay for the items stolen so it can be replaced. I never knew how much of a problem shoplifting resulted in.