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Retail theft is on the rise as the holidays crawl closer

Nearly $50 billion dollars worth of merchandise was stolen last year

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – According to the National Retail Federation, organized retail crime is on the rise and shoplifters are becoming more aggressive. 

Retailers say inventory shrink averaged 1.38-percent of retail sales and nearly $44 billion dollars in 2014, now that number is closer to $50 billion dollars.

Employees at Victoria's Secret Stores told Business Insider that they see shoplifting every day and aren't allowed to do anything about it. 

Victoria's Secret has a strict policy where its employees are instructed not to accuse, approach, discuss or point out shoplifters in any way. 

Racial profiling is a concern for many retailers, along with the safety of their employees.