The Logbook: Laundry detergent as black market currency

Quick Take

  • Laundry detergent is one of the most commonly stolen items from retailers.
  • The reason why could be linked to its use in drug trades.
It’s probably surprising for most to learn that laundry detergent, a common household item, is one of the top stolen items from retailers. But it’s true — according to annual crime reports released by the National Retail Federation, 15% of organized retail crime  —  that is, professional shoplifting  —  involved the theft of laundry detergent. […]

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