~~DETERMINING THE CATEGORY OF THEFT OFFENDER THE PERSON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT LIKELY IS:
The following items in Tables A and B, are derived from the Cupchik Theft Offender Spectrum (the most recent version can be found, in full, in his latest book), and can assist in identifying Atypical or Mixed-Type Theft Offenders (those persons most likely to benefit from his 20-session, Skype-based Intensive Intervention Program).
The more items the theft offender can respond to truthfully in the affirmative in Table A, and in the negative in Table B, the more likely it is that he or she may be a suitable candidate for this Program.
1. Did the theft offender steal in an obvious fashion as if to purposefully get caught?
2. Was the theft offender under an unusual or extreme amount of stress at the time of the offense?
3. Does the offender appear to be experiencing profound shame and/or remorse in regard to having committed the act (as opposed to having such feelings because he or she was caught)?
4. Was the theft offender anticipating (or actually) experiencing any major personally meaningful losses |(e.g., of a job, home, relationship, etc...) just prior to the offense?
5. Was the theft offender experiencing marked resentment or anger towards an ‘intimate other’ at about the time of the offense?
6. Was the monetary value of what was stolen very small compared to the individual’s readily available financial resources?
7. Was cancer or any other major illness an issue either for the theft offender or a ‘significant other’ at about the time of the offense?
8. Did the theft offender experience any major or unusual losses while a child? Does the theft offender feel ‘out of control’ in regard to stopping the theft behavior?
9. Did the offender experience verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse as a child?
10. Was the offence, at least in part, a symbolic act?
11. Was the offender taking prescribed antidepressants at the time of the theft?
TOTAL FOR TABLE A (# of YES responses) _____; (# of NO responses) ______
1. Was what was stolen desirable to the offender?
2. Was what was stolen needed by the offender?
3. Was greed a factor in the theft?
4. Was the theft planned before the incident?
5. Was the item used by the offender, his or her family and/or friends or acquaintances?
6. Was a weapon or threat used in the commission of the offense?
7. Has the theft offender previously been convicted of any other kinds of crimes or illegal actions (DUI, etc..)?
8. Was the item later sold by the theft offender?
TOTAL FOR TABLE B (# of YES responses: ___ ) (# of NO responses: _____ )
Interpreting the scoring: The greater the number of ‘Yes’ responses from Table A and ‘No’ responses from Table B, the greater the likelihood that the theft offender is an Atypical or Mixed-Type of theft offender, and may therefore be a suitable candidate for the Skype-based Atypical Theft Offender Intervention Program.
Please Note: Most participants of the Intensive Intervention Program are of the Mixed (ATO & TTO)-type of theft offender. Of course, the fewer the number of ‘Yes’ responses from Table A and ‘No’ responses from Table B, the greater the likelihood that the theft offender is a Typical Theft Offender (or what is often referred to as a ‘common thief’; generally these individuals are much less likely to be suitable candidates for an Intensive Intervention Program..
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BY REVIEWING THE ITEMS BELOW, TAKEN FROM THE 'CUPCHIK THEFT OFFENDER SPECTRUM' [CTOS], YOU WILL LIKELY GAIN A GOOD ESTIMATION OF WHETHER YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE FOLKS THAT DR CUPCHIK, IN HIS INVESTIGATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS, REFERS TO AS AN 'ATYPICAL THEFT OFFENDER' [ATO]. THE SKYPE BASED 20-SESSION INTENSIVE INTERVENTION PROGRAM IS OFFERED PRIMARILY TO ATOs, i.e., PERSONS WHOSE THEFT BEHAVIORS ARE ESSSENTIALLY AN ABBERATION OF THEIR USUALLY HONORABLE WAYS OF OPERATING IN THE WORLD - AND WHO GENUINELY WISH TO STOP STEALING, NOT MERELY ATTEMPT TO GAIN A 'NICE' REPORT FOR COURT. THE FULL, UPDATED CTOS IS OFFERED IN HIS LATEST BOOK. WHY USUALLY HONEST PEOPLE STEAL.