Pregnancy Tests are one of the most shoplifted items in the U.S.

Pregnancy Tests are one of the most shoplifted items in the U.S.

When times are tough, the temptation of a five-finger discount can push consumers to shoplift — and it’s not like people are taking just flashy duds or pretty jewelry. Baby formula, pregnancy tests, vacuums and kitchen mixers — many of the most common items are expensive and are therefore being shoplifted, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation.


It’s not just people stealing things for personal use, but shoplifters go for products they can sell for near-retail price, notes ABC News. A few new products to the list this year include KitchenAid mixers, educational toys and games, GPS units and laundry detergent.


So what are the most common items snatched? Some might surprise you, some might not (everyone needs to brush their teeth, after all):



Energy drinks

High-end liquor

Infant formula

Over-the-Counter Medicine

Allergy medicine

Diabetic testing strips

Pain relievers

Weight loss pills

Electric toothbrushes & replacement heads

Lotions and creams

Pregnancy tests

Denim jeans

Designer clothing/denim



Cell Phones

Digital cameras

Digital recorders

GPS devices


LCD monitors & televisions


High-end vacuums

KitchenAid mixers