On the subject of City Centre, a few weeks ago we were at Mother Care doing some baby shopping. After we finished paying, the lady at the counter went and opened the packing of all the clothes that we had bought and took out security tags from inside them. These were in addition to the security tags which were visible outside. I was surprised by this added security. Shoplifters? I asked, and she said "too many".
This past weekend we were at Promod, and the clothes had double tags too. One on the outside, and another inside. I asked the lady how come, and she said they have a huge problem with shoplifters. She said they have no idea how people do it, but at the end of the day they find some discarded tags in the store, usually in the changing rooms.
I remember a few years back when Starbucks opened their first cafe in Oman - curiously also in City Centre- I was surprised that they were serving their coffee in paper cups even when you're sitting in the store. I didn't ask why, but then a few days later I read on Oman Forum that reason was because they lost too many cups in their first week. Apparently people took the Starbucks mugs home with them.
I haven't felt this myself, but do you ever get the urge to nick stuff when you're in City Centre?