Petit Larceny Course

Course Contents

  • Introduction

    Section 1: Theft/shoplifting

    Section 2: Impact of theft on society

    Section 3: Why do people steal?

    Section 4: My behavior

    Section 5: Unhealthy thinking

    Section 6: Managing stress and anxiety

    Section 7: Communication skills as prevention

    Section 8: Writing therapy

    Section 9: Stages of change

    Section 10: Develop a plan to stop stealing

    Section 11: Consequences of theft

    Section 12: Detention and arrest

    Section 13: Resources and references

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Petit larceny, Petty larceny, petty theft, and/or shoplifting

This Petit Larceny Course meets all Nevada court requirements for theft education. The terms petit larceny, petty larceny, petty theft and shoplifting are frequently used interchangeably.  They all refer to a theft of low-value property.

What is petit larceny in Nevada? Its simplest definition is that it is the theft of property valued under $650. A first offense is considered a misdemeanor.

As young as the age of three a child understands that taking something that belongs to another person is wrong. This understanding is reinforced throughout life by our parents, through interactions with other children, and by society is general. We all know that theft is wrong, yet some people do steal.

Why people steal

The root cause of theft will vary from person to person. Oftentimes there is more than one root cause. For example, the impulse to steal may come from stress and complications in other areas of life. Understanding what drives theft is a first step to curbing impulses and preventing future thefts.

Why take this Petit Larceny Course

Our Petit Larceny Course is 100% online. Sign in and out as often as you like, whenever you like. The course will keep track of your time and progress. It is compatible with tablets, smartphones and computers.

About this course

This Petit Larceny Course completes court-ordered education to deter theft. It addresses the crimes of petit larceny, petty theft, and / or shoplifting. The course discusses ideas, thinking, and behaviors that lead to theft. It examines the roles of addiction, anger and family dynamics in petty theft. It also covers unhealthy thinking and managing stress and anxiety.

Students learn how petty theft differs from other types of theft, and what actions are considered shoplifting. They explore how theft impacts society and those they love. Next, they learn the legal definition and consequences of a charge of petit larceny.

Finally, the course helps build skills to prevent recidivism (or lapsing into criminal behavior again). It presents techniques, resources, and helps students build skills and a plan to stop stealing. In this way students learn to prevent and/or change behavior that can lead in harmful directions.

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