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Shoplifting is the act of taking merchandise from a retail establishment without paying for it. Legally, it is considered petty theft or grand theft depending on the value of the merchandise lifted, both being a prosecutable offense in nearly all jurisdictions. As shoplifting is stealing, it is a sinful activity. Stores use various techniques to deter shoplifting, such as the use of surveillance cameras, electronic article surveillance alarms (the shoplifting alarms at the exits), dye packs, and loss prevention guards who specifically watch for shoplifters.