— When you think of diapers, you might think of expensive ones, but you probably haven’t thought of those cheap ones, either.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lusco, Mich., a city of around 8,000 people in the southeastern corner of Michigan, has the highest rate of childhood diaper theft in the country.
According to the CPSC, in the first quarter of 2019, Lusk’s diaper detergents were stolen nearly three times as often as their competitors.
A study from the nonprofit group Consumers Union found that while the average person uses just one diaper a day, they have a total of 11 diapers stolen in a given year.
That doesn’t mean Luscos are stealing them all at once, of course.
In fact, the CPSc said that the average amount of disposable diapers a family of four spends on a single day was $3.23.
But the average price per diaper, which includes any items such as diapers, wipes, socks, shoes and diapers, rose from $2.60 in the second quarter of 2017 to $3 by the end of the year.
Lusco has the third-highest rate of thefts per capita of any municipality in the U.S. In comparison, Los Angeles has the fifth-highest theft rate in the nation, with an average of 3.6 diapers stolen per person per day.
According a statement from Lusca Mayor Greg Cottle, he was surprised by the CPS-funded study, which is based on an analysis of LusCo’s annual report and collected data from March through September.
It doesn’t take into account the city’s large citywide population, he said.
Cottle said the city has taken measures to prevent diaper theft.
He also said that his department is working with the CPS to improve security on the citywide network of lysol washing facilities.