Shoplifting costs American businesses an estimated $16 billion a year, according to the Better Business Bureau. Online Lawyer Source reports that shoplifting causes one-third of new businesses to fail and that adolescents account for about 25 percent of the value of shoplifted goods and about half of all shoplifting cases.

Without costing the taxpayer another dime, there is a way to reduce significantly the incidence of adolescent shoplifting, and that is the subject of the latest edition of Pat Fagan's Mapping America.