Theft

5 Ways You're Putting Your Identity at Risk

From oversharing on social media to using the same password across the internet, here's a look at five mistakes people make online that put their personal information at risk.

Maple Syrup Heist Hikes Price of a Pancake Breakfast

If you're relaxing at home enjoying a pancake breakfast this New Year's morning, savor it while you can. The brazen theft, over the course of a year, of millions of gallons of maple syrup from Canada's strategic syrup reserve (yes, there apparently is such a thing), could spell higher prices for the "liquid gold" in 2013.

$19,000 Worth of Macy's Watches Stolen in 13 Seconds

A Macy's in Texas was the site of a shocking crime several weeks ago, when three man walked into the Macy's at Firewheel Town Center in Garland. They grabbed displays of watches on the counter breaking the chains and taking off -- with 80 pieces off merchandise.

7 Hidden Dangers to Your Holiday Finances

Amid all the good cheer, the holiday season hides a sobering number of financial pitfalls -- and not just ones that involve overspending. Here's a look at seven dangers you might not have considered, along with steps you can take to make sure your holidays are more happy than hazardous.

More Theft in Store for Retailers, Survey Says

The Retail Industry Leaders Association on Thursday reported a nationwide increase this year in shoplifting, calling the fight to stop store crime "an uphill battle." The group blamed an expanding black market for the rise in organized shoplifting crimes.

How to Avoid Getting Skimmed By ATM Scammers

It looks like an ordinary cash machine, and you type in your PIN without a second thought. But there's a hidden device recording your ATM card's magnetic strip, and capturing your PIN. Big money is about to vanish from your bank account. Or maybe not: Here's how to prevent skimmers from getting their hands on your data.

What Shoplifting Says About Us All

We want to be someone else. This, according to author Rachel Shteir, is why we shoplift. I say "we," because of the dozens of people with whom I've...

Elder Abuse: How to Keep Grandma Safe From Con Men

Who would pick the pocket of your grandma or grandpa? Apparently, a lot of people: Older Americans are losing $2.9 billion annually to elder financial abuse, up 12% from 2008, according to "The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse." Here's how to protect your older relatives from becoming victims.

Property Crimes Rise In Places You Wouldn't Expect

Overall property crime was down in 2010 according to the FBI, despite the rough economy. But in rural and suburban areas, the larceny and burglary rates actually rose. Here's why crime is shifting away from the big cities -- and what you should do to avoid being a victim.

Identity Theft Falls 28% in 2010

Identity thieves are claiming fewer victims, but those victims are spending a lot more time and money resolving the incidents, according to a survey by research firm Javelin Strategy & Research.

Casino Heists: Criminals Are Flush With Creative Ideas

Casinos must look like easy targets for criminal minds -- like the robber this week who swept $1.5 million worth of gambling chips off a table at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and escaped by motorcycle -- all in under three minutes. But casino robberies are fairly rare, according to the Las Vegas police department. Here are some of the biggest heists of the last few years:

Motorcycle Robber Steals $1.5M in Bellagio Casino Chips

An armed man stole as much as $2 million in casino chips from Las Vegas' Bellagio hotel-casino early Tuesday morning, then escaped, the Associated Press reported, citing Las Vegas police officials. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

5 Black Friday Fraud Prevention Tips

Before you get caught up in the chaos of Black Friday and last-minute pressured buys, consider five tips to help protect consumers from being fraud...

America's Most Stolen Products

By Minyanville.com Which retail goods are most alluring to professional shoplifters? The list may surprise you. Shoplifting crimes usually only...

Fake ATMs: Should you worry?

A couple of weeks ago, Chinese police arrested a man who installed a fake ATM in Beijing that managed to steal the account information of...