In a season traditionally associated with giving, an ironic rise in theft tends to occur.

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Whether driven by the stress of providing gifts for loved ones or individuals seeking cheap thrills through theft, it is important to acknowledge that such actions are not justified.

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Crime can strike at any time and place, with anyone vulnerable to becoming a victim, including retail giants like Walmart. Despite its status as a financial juggernaut, Walmart is not immune to theft. Originating as a small discount retailer in Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart has expanded internationally, with 25 stores in Maine, comprising 19 Supercenters, 3 discount stores, and 3 Sam’s Clubs. As of October 31, 2023, over 8,000 Mainers make up Walmart's full-time workforce.

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DealAid compiles Walmart theft statistics from various sources, estimating the company's annual losses due to retail theft at $6.1 billion in 2022. These losses represented 14.7% of all retail theft losses in the USA that year, and they are projected to increase by $400 million to $6.5 billion in 2023.

Furthermore, the vulnerability of self-checkout terminals plays a major role in theft. As technology advances, addressing these concerns becomes imperative to curb the growing trend of theft and its subsequent impact on online marketplaces. Additionally, self-checkout terminals in Walmart stores contribute up to 50% of all theft-related losses. Goods stolen through organized retail crime at Walmart are commonly resold on popular online platforms such as Amazon and eBay.

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In light of this, when examining Walmart stores in Maine, here is a list of the 11 most commonly stolen items taken by shoplifters.

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