shoplifted products 2013The holidays bring both the best and worst out of people. On one hand the spirit of the season causes unparalleled acts of charity, and on the other, criminal-minded opportunists look for any excuse to take advantage. So in the spirit of taking, we offer our list of the top 5 most shoplifted items this holiday season.

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hidden camera jewelry thief brickhouse blogEvery once in a while we get the pleasure of being contacted by a customer who used one of our products to solve a problem in their life. This year we’ve already heard harrowing stories from Whitney Matney and Diana Valentin; now it’s Amy Albertson, a Pennsylvania woman plagued by a home burglar.

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BrickHouse Security gear has helped investigators and private citizens bring a lot of bad guys to justice. Here’s a prime example:

When you sail off on a vacation cruise and leave your car behind at a paid parking lot, you expect your ride to be in the same condition when you get back. Just make sure you don’t hand over the keys to anyone at Premier Parking Spot in Cocoa, Florida — particularly Premier’s owner, Jay Nieves.

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Emile Pratt Jr., a 28-year old Sharon, Pa. man had successfully robbed a jewelry store of about 100 pieces and sold them to various pawn shops across Pennsylvania. He was in the clear and could have most likely remained free, but the money from the heist wasn’t enough, and he decided he wanted to get more from the store.

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When you think of a missing dog, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that the pup simply wandered away, and hopefully will return on its own very soon. What most people don’t assume is that there are criminals who focus all of their attention on the business of dog-napping and reselling pets. And these criminals are either getting more daring with their kidnapping, or more criminals are starting to follow the trend, as the American Kennel Club is reporting that dog theft cases have increased by at least 32% since last year.

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Facebook & Twitter Social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter have quickly become a big parts of our everyday lives and the way we interact with the world. It is also not unusual to hear about these platforms being used to spread computer malware, spam, or get people into legal trouble. However, it seems like a new crime trend is emerging that focuses solely on the use of social networks to steal physical goods from retail locations, as opposed to the digital theft of sensitive information.

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