Trying to prevent shoplifting is a difficult task if you do not know who the shoplifter is. The best way to prevent a shoplifter from succeeding in you store is to start with knowing the three types of shoplifters: Impulse Shoplifters – This type of shoplifter steals because you provide them with opportunity. Most want the merchandise for personal use Amateur Shoplifters – Steal consistently and enter your store with the intent to steal. Amateur shoplifters generally keep the merchandise they steal. However, they may steal for friends or others and give or sell them the merchandise. Professional Shoplifters – These thieves steal to sell the merchandise. This is their job. This type of shoplifter is usually skilled and quick. Prevent shoplifting by using anti-shoplifting techniques and equipment. These methods will shut down all levels of shoplifters.