29 January 2022

NYC Has a Shoplifting Problem

Well, that is what the people voted for - reduced police enforcement, reduced prosecutions. What did they think would happen? NYC workers feel powerless over shoplifting surge exposed by Rapaport video.

The incidents come amid a recent surge in shoplifters making bold thefts at retail and grocery stores that critics blame on soft approaches to prosecutions that have emboldened people to commit low-level crimes.

Most retail operations operate on fairly thin margins. If this goes on much longer, the businesses will close. Or move somewhere that Law & Order are still in existence.

It isn't just NYC, of course. Why shoplifting is soaring across the US — and will only get worse.

Shoplifting no longer fits its traditional mold as a nonviolent crime perpetrated mostly by teens or substance-abusing adults. Nearly two-thirds of the retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said that violence associated with store thefts has risen, led by organized gangs that resell the goods they steal. Like retailers, top law-enforcement officials place some of the blame for the crime surge on a widespread lessening of penalties for shoplifting.

“Without deterrents and accountability, communities will be victimized, and businesses terrorized,” said Laura Cooper, head of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

There is more at both links.

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