Articles on Shoplifting

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A number of viral videos of thefts in prominent stores in California are suggesting what retailers say is a drastic rise in retail thefts in recent years, reports USA Today. Thefts have resulted in some of the largest shopping chains taking unprecedented steps to cut their store hours, beef up security measures and close locations entirely. Some blame a shift in state laws that lowered penalties for the crimes. Others point to the nature of the crime shifting from run-of-the-mill shoplifting to organized criminal rings. In San Francisco, retailers say the city has become a target and claim thefts have grown out of control, though data from the San Francisco Police Department questions...

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