According to the California Retailer’s Association three cities in the state of California are in the top 10 in the nation for rates of organized retail crime, they are San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
According to local media, because of the rise in retail crime some San Francisco stores have been forced to permanently shut down or close early. Target says it will close all 6 of its stores in San Francisco early because of a huge spike in crime and shoplifting. The retail giant also said that their stores in San Francisco are the only ones where they are closing early because of the rise in crime.
“For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco Stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area.”
According to local media, other San Francisco are stores are also adjusting to the major shoplifting issue in the area. Some 7-Eleven’s only conduct business through a metal door after 10 p.m. Manager Bobby Singh said,
“This window was installed like two to three months ago because it was not safe. Sometimes they would break that glass of the door.”
In addition some Walgreens stores have been closed down due to the crime and guards are told to not physically engage with shoplifters.
San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai has asked both police department and the District Attorney’s office fix the issue and find out why it is such a problem.
“These are people who are recruited, organized and are reselling these goods and San Francisco is hurting for it,” said Safai.
Many point to the San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin who said thieves who steal $950 in merchandise or less will not be prosecuted.
The police and the DA’s office have a week to come up with answers.