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Ten Most Shoplifted Items During the Holidays
Retailers have served up some blockbuster deals this holiday season, but there are also some five-finger discounts taking place. Target No. 1 for thieves might surprise you.

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The holiday shopping season is here and although retailers have been pleased with the success of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, eager shoppers may also have sticky fingers. According to Ad Week, one in every 11 people who enter a story will shoplift at least one item. Here are the ten most shoplifted items of the season.

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Steaks Supermarket

No. 1: Filet Mignon

The holidays bring many festivities with meals and food costs are on the rise. This high-priced meat tops the list of most shoplifted items, according to AdWeek, which cites the price for luxury meats has risen by 21% in the past two years.

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Johnnie Walker Bottle

No. 2: Expensive Liquors

Expensive liquor has a shrinkage rate, or rate of being stolen, of 2.9% in North America, AdWeek reported.

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Electric Tools

No. 3: Electric tools

Gadgets like power tools and electric toothbrushes are among the most commonly-stolen items by men, AdWeek says. Statistically, there are more male shoplifters than female.

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iPhone 4S on Display

No. 4: iPhone 4

Electronic gadgets are hot items for shoplifters and Apple products in particular tend to secretly disappear from stores quickly.

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Gillette Roger Federer

No. 5: Gillette Mach 4

This razor blade tends to retail for around $23 per replacement blade pack and tends to vanish from store shelves quickly. Shaving products make up more than 2.7% of store inventory losses, AdWeek also reports.

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AXE Products

No. 6: Axe products

These male scent products are also hot items for shoplifters and are some of the most frequently stolen items throughout the year, according to AdWeek.

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Shopper Ralph Lauren

No. 7: Designer clothes

Brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger are among shoplifters’ favorites, AdWeek reports. Clothing theft is up 31% since 2009.

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Elmo Toy

No. 8: Let's Rock Elmo

This toy tops the hot toy list at Toys "R" Us making parents and shoplifters wanting to get their hands on it.

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Chanel Fragrance

No. 9: Expensive Fragrances

Perfumes and colognes are popular gifts and easy to conceal—a shoplifter's dream. AdWeek reports that stores report nearly 4% of fragrances they stock are stolen, according to the 2011 Global Retail Theft Barometer.

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Nike Sneakers

No. 10: Nikes

Brand-named sneakers are a hot commodity for thieves and the U.S. Justice Department classifies these items as 'high-risk' merchandise in terms of the likelihood of being stolen.

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Ten Most Shoplifted Items During the Holidays

Retailers have served up some blockbuster deals this holiday season, but there are also some five-finger discounts taking place. Target No. 1 for thieves might surprise you.

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