Coordinated Crime sprees in the chief towns of California, New York and anywhere to force vendors to close stores and limit operating hours, such as a pack of shoplifters who often make hundreds of dollars worth of sales online, at street markets or in return for gift cards.
Amid a crime raging in San Francisco, five Target store locations have reduced operating hours, closing at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 10 p.m., as managers seek to ensure safety at goods and staff, Forbes reports Organized gangs quickly steal branded items even when security is in place, while California raises the threshold for a felony charge from $ 450 to $ 950 on stolen products.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said NBC Nightly News thieves calculated the value of the shoplifted items to fall below the felony threshold, meaning officers could not take action for the theft misdemeanor and stores had to be willing to hire security guards to catch a private person.
For more than a month, Target has experienced “a significant and alarming” rise in theft and security incidents at San Francisco stores, a Target spokesperson told Fox News. He cited similar decisions to reduce the hours spent by Bay Area retailers including H&M, Gap, Marshalls and Walgreens.
“The target is to persuade local law enforcement, elected officials and community colleagues to address our concerns,” he said. “With the safety of our guests, team members and communities our top priority, we have temporarily reduced our operating hours at five San Francisco stores.
Walgreens has closed 17 locations in San Francisco in the past five years citing this type of theft, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in May. Jason Cunningham, regional vice president for pharmacy and retail operations in California and Hawaii, said at a hearing at the time that theft at Walgreens stores in San Francisco was four times the average at stores elsewhere in the country. – READ MORE
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