New York City businesses, reeling from inflation and an uneven recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, are increasingly seeing a surge in shoplifting. New York has become the leader in the anti-rating, reports ABC7.
The national group collected shoplifting data from two dozen of the country's largest cities and compared the first half of the year before the pandemic with the first half of this year. Shoplifting was found to be down across the country, with the exception of New York City. This is a big problem, as shoplifting has increased by 64% in the Big Apple.
There were 2019 cases in New York in the first half of 17. shoplifting, which is significantly lower than the 28 cases reported in the first half of 316. In the first half of 2023, there were 2023 shoplifting incidents across all 24 cities. And 61% of these incidents occur in New York.
Nearly a third of all shoplifting arrests in New York City last year involved just 327 people, according to police data. In total, they were arrested and re-arrested more than 6000 times, according to Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. For some, shoplifting is a trade, while for others it is an addiction or a mental disorder.
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Petty theft is a major factor in the city's overall crime rate, although homicides, shootings and other violent crimes continue to decline.
Criminal justice reform advocates say petty theft is a crime of necessity, and that many low-income New Yorkers steal what they need to survive in one of the world's most expensive cities. But law enforcement and trade groups disagree and blame the rise in organized shoplifting rings, repeat offenders and the state's new bail law, which they say allows such criminals to avoid jail time.
If we talk about which stores suffered the most, then there is a trend. Mainly chain stores are suffering, losing millions of dollars. According to the National Retail Foundation, retailers lost more than $2022 billion due to theft in 4.
However, the NYPD says shoplifting was down 7% overall for the year, so the situation is improving. In some cases, stores receive trespass notices and restraining orders issued against repeat offenders.