It appears that in the wake of a weak economy shoplifting has become more widespread than it was just under a decade ago.

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Foundation, 96 percent of retailers reported being victims of organized retail crime within the past 12 months, with nearly 90 percent of them reporting that shoplifting rates in their stores have significantly increased over the last three years.

The most commonly shoplifted items are those goods in high demand that criminals can sell for near retail price. Drug store items like diabetic testing strips, infant formula, and high-end liquor make up the top three most commonly stolen items. While things like pregnancy tests, energy drinks and cigarettes, all fall in the top 10.

Retailers also report that items like denim jeans and designer clothing are also highly targeted, as well as cell phones, handbags, and digital cameras.

The survey also shows that organized retail crime is most common in the areas of Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

Top 20 Most Shoplifted Items

1. Diabetic Testing Strips

2.
Infant Formula

3.
High End Liquor

4.
Allergy Medicine

5.
Pain Relievers

6.
Pregnancy Tests

7.
Energy Drinks

8.
Denim Jeans

9.
Designer Clothing

10.
Cigarettes

11.
Handbags

12.
Weight Loss Pills

13.
Electric Toothbrushes and Replacement Heads

14.
Lotions and Creams

15.
Cell Phones

16.
High End Vacuum Cleaners

17.
LCD Monitors and Televisions

18.
Kitchen Aid Mixers

19.
Digital Recorders

20.
Digital Cameras

[The Huffington Post]