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The Truth About Shoplifting

Nominee - Best Original Music Score for Documentary Program or Series
Gemini Awards

It’s examination of techniques and defensive strategies is enlightening… The Secret World of Shoplifting is pretty engaging stuff.

Brad Oswald

The Winnipeg Free Press

The Secret World of Shoplifting explores the apparently expanding world of retail crime, which affects consumerism on every level. The average person might be surprised at how much stealing is going on, and shocked by the reasons for it.

Andrew Ryan

The Globe and Mail

It’s examination of techniques and defensive strategies is enlightening… The Secret World of Shoplifting is pretty engaging stuff.

Brad Oswald

The Winnipeg Free Press

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The Story

The Truth About Shoplifting examines the rise in retail crime and how the consumers’ quest for the lowest discount price fuels the market for stolen merchandise.  Featuring surprising security camera footage, the latest crime-fighting technology and interviews from both sides of the law, The Truth About Shoplifting investigates why people steal, who is doing the stealing, what others are doing to fight it, and how retail theft affects us all.

In this fascinating journey into the “real world” of retail crime, specialists share their experiences and thoughts on why this crime is on the rise including: lawyer and retail theft expert, Terry Shulman, a former shoplifter who now helps others who can’t stop stealing; Jerry Biggs, a retail crime investigator who demonstrates the techniques and the technology his team uses to track professional shoplifters; Florida Sheriff Grady Judd, who reveals how the arrest of a couple of shoplifters led his officers to a multi-million dollar crime syndicate; and Rick Osborne, a Canadian crime consultant who uses his own experience behind bars to explain where shoplifters fit into the business plan for gangs.

Directed by Andrew Blicq (The Truth About Liars, Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War) The Truth About Shoplifting reveals the latest technology being used by both store owners and shoplifters alike and how with every invention of loss prevention technology, an invention to assist theft is made.  And now, the economic downturn has raised the stakes. Consumers are hunting down the lowest prices... at any cost. 

The Truth About Shoplifting isn’t just about stealing...it concludes with some tough questions about how our honesty is tested every time we decide to spend.

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Duration(s)

International Broadcast Version / DVD - 52 min 

CBC Version - 42 min (Title: The Secret World of Shoplifting)

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Distribution & Educational Sales

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Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

For distribution and sales information (World, excluding North America), please contact TVF International.

Educational Sales:

To purchase this title for Educational use (North America), please visit out educational sales store.

To purchase this title for Educational use (World, excluding North America), TVF International.

Duration(s)

International Broadcast Version / DVD - 52 min 

CBC Version - 42 min (Title: The Secret World of Shoplifting)

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About The Team

Writer, Producer, Director
Andrew Blicq

WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ANDREW BLICQ

NARRATOR ANN-MARIE MACDONALD

EDITOR GIL TETREAULT

ORIGINAL MUSIC SHAWN PIERCE

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY KEITH EIDSE, BRIAN ROUGEAU

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND PRODUCER MERIT JENSEN CARR


PRODUCED BY MERIT MOTION PICTURES

Released:
2009