When I was a kid, I once stole a pack of gum from a grocery store.
The guilt and fear hit me the moment I stepped out past the sliding doors. The cashier gave me a look — did she know? Are the police going to track me down? Am I going to jail?
The days passed. Then weeks. Nothing happened. I never got caught.
Innocence was lost that day. And not because I had committed a crime (although… yes, that too). Innocence was lost because I realized that rules aren’t perfect.
Shoplifting is wrong, kids. Don’t do it. But enforcement of the rules is a different matter. And that’s the subject of this post.
Less than half of violent crimes are reported to police. And less than half of those reports are eventually solved. [https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv15.pdf]