How to Not Get ID’d as a Shoplifter

If you’re sick of loss prevention officers, police and other such authority figures following you around stores, you might be wondering how to avoid being pegged as a shoplifter. There are a few steps you can take to make yourself less likely to be profiled in this way.

You could try to wear tight-fitting clothing, or not carrying a large bag or purse. Avoid wearing sunglasses or hats indoors, and try to give off a friendly attitude. Smile and people, make eye contact, and don’t try to break sightlines with loss prevention officers. This will only make them more suspicious.

Another step you can take is personal grooming. If you have wild hair or don’t take regular showers, this could make you give off a “shoplifter” vibe. Make sure you use the best body wash, brush your teeth often and try to give off the impression of a well-kept, responsible person. Hopefully this helps you not feel out of place the next time you visit a shop!