Pilferage Law and Legal Definition

Pilferage is the crime of theft of small amounts or small items. Pilferage is a problem commonly involving employees who steal items from their place of employment, especially in a manufacturing plant. Various methods are employed to prevent pilferage, such as use of locks and other security devices and inventory control procedures.

Pilferage often occurs by baggage handlers when cargo is transported. Baggage that has been pilfered is checked baggage that, while in custody of the airline or transporter during the trip, lost some or all of its contents due to damage or theft.