Mission, Goals & Principles
The National Association For Shoplifting Prevention is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about the harmful effects of shoplifting on youth, families and communities, unite public opinion toward constructive solutions, deliver needed programs and services and engage community action in prevention efforts to improve the lives of those affected and reduce the number of people who become involved.
NASP conducts research and offers communities technical assistance, training, education, prevention and rehabilitation programs with self-help and support services. All NASP efforts are driven by one overarching goal – to reduce recidivism.
- Stimulate systemic social change in regard to the issue of shoplifting and the broader issue of fostering honesty, integrity and character in our youth and communities.
- Educate the public about the harmful effects of shoplifting in order to reverse the perception that shoplifting is “no big deal”.
- Empower communities with the knowledge and the tools to take an active role in prevention efforts.
- Engage schools and community-based agencies in a shoplifting prevention effort for youth.
- Encourage individuals caught up in the problem to seek help.
- Encourage the criminal and juvenile justice communities to include secondary prevention programs as a sanction for offenders.
- Shoplifting is not a “victimless” crime. It raises costs to consumers, takes tax revenue away from communities, forces companies to go out of business, burdens law enforcement and the courts and hurts the lives of individuals and families.
- Shoplifting prevention must be more than locks, security cameras, sensors and guards. Effective prevention must include community awareness, education and action.
- The temptation to “get something for nothing” does not discriminate; it is prevalent in all neighborhoods with all races, colors, religions and social classes.
- At any age, shoplifting can be habit forming or addictive and needs to be addressed like other addictive behaviors with appropriate programs and support.
- A persons’ ability to resist the temptation to shoplift is enhanced or diminished by the attitude of their community-at-large.
- Addressing the issue of shoplifting and its prevention fosters and builds honesty, integrity and character in our youth and gives rise to a populace and workforce less vulnerable to dishonesty, fraud and embezzlement.
- Community apathy about shoplifting sends a message to individuals and youth that crime pays.
- The most important factor in determining if a person will shoplift again is their experience the time before.
- Shoplifting will always rise to the level acceptable to the community.
- When apprehension results in a positive learning experience, it is a win for the store, the offender, their family and community.