Girls shoplifting for ChristmasGirls shoplifting for Christmas
Girls under age 15 in western Norway shoplift three times as much as their male counterparts according to new figures from Hordaland County police. The conclusion is based on three times as many girls under 15 being caught shoplifting compared to boys in the same age group, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports. Now with the Christmas shopping rush under way security guards and alert staff catch an average of one shoplifter per day at the Sartor shopping center in Bergen. "I think it may be connected with purchasing pressure. The girls see things they want, but don't have the money," Sartor director Mette Nora Sætre told the newspaper. The divisional leader of security firm Securitas, Kjell Inge Thorkildsen, said that nearly all of the youngsters caught react with shame, and he too blamed consumer pressure as the reason behind most of this type of shoplifting.