Understanding Shoplifting

Lead Instructors:  Bob ReidBuddy GrafJeff HastingsMelinda Moore
 Access:  Public   Status:  Active   Lesson:  Part of Course
Shoplifting has so many causes, affects, and costs and all are presented to you in this lesson. Topical conversations about how the law approaches shoplifting and theft, as well as the employer community and how shoplifting affects your life now and into the future. This course proves beyond a doubt that retailers know the techniques and tricks of shoplifting, how they monitor their customers, and shows the reality that theft and shoplifting will be caught as technology has advanced so that shoplifting and theft are no longer crimes that can be gotten away with.

Lesson Specs


  1. Purchase your assigned Course or redeem an Access Code
  2. View the Lesson Videos from beginning to end
  3. Take the required Test
  4. View your Results and print your Certificate

Lesson Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Shoplifting Statistics
  3. Diversion and Probation
  4. Retailers Ability to Combat Shoplifting
  5. Stores and Surveillance
  6. Two Types of Shoplifting Offenses
  7. Criminal Penalties of Shoplifting
  8. Credit Card Fraud
  9. Passing Bad Checks
  10. Perspectives on Shoplifting
  11. Review and Conclusion

Lead Instructors

Bob Reid

Retired Sheriff, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
A 30 year veteran of law enforcement including as Sheriff of Ohio’s largest county, Police Cheif of the suburb of Bedford, and a 20 year patrolman, Bob Reid is an expereinced law enforcement officer who graduated from the FBI’s Academy.

Reid served his country after graduation from Mayfield, Ohio High School and served in Ohio Army National Guard, 107th Armed Cavalry, where he was honorably discharged in 1969. He received an associates degree in arts from Cuyahoga Community College in 1971 and in 1972 graduated from Cleveland State University with a BBA in Management.


Buddy Graf

Loss Prevention Expert
Buddy Graf serves as Vice President of Business Development and Risk Management at Discount Drug Mart in Medina, Ohio. A 40 year veteran of the retail industry, who has worked his way up from a store stock boy to Vice President of a substantial consumer retail chain in the Midwest, Graf has a wide array of experience in management and retail operations.


Jeff Hastings

Attorney & Counselor at Law
Jeff Hastings is a former Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and is currently a self-employed attorney in Cleveland, OH. His law practice is primarily focused on criminal defense matters and throughout his career has handled over a 1,000 criminal matters in municipal, state and federal courts. Previously, Jeff served as the Managing Attorney for the Cleveland Office of the Ohio Attorney General and since April 2007 has been a Member of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections and served as the Board’s Chairman from April 2007 to December 2012 and from March 2018 to present.


Melinda Moore

Clinical Psychology Ph D. and Addictive Behavior Specialist
Dr. Melinda M. Moore helps people every day as they struggle with depression, and other behavioral issues from the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington, KY. Possessing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University, an M.A. in General Psychology, The Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Ohio State University, Doctor Moore possesses extensive knowledge and training in the behavioral health field.


Other Lessons in This Course

Understanding Shoplifting

Shoplifting has so many causes, affects, and costs and all are presented to you in this lesson.

Self Help and Analysis

The good news is that shoplifting is curable, and this lesson deals with the psychological and emotional needs that people struggle with and how they can obtain help to overcome the difficulties that lead people to steal.