June 13, 2024

Nearly 22,000 Shoplifting Incidents Logged in NYC Since 2024 Began

Since the start of the season, nearly 22, 000 shoplifting incidents have been reported in New York City, an increase of 5 % over the same time period in 2023.

Federal retailers like Target, CVS, and Walgreens are still closing locations that have been impacted by the rife with embezzlement, according to the New York Post, which received 21, 578 issues from January 1 through May 12.

In announcing the closing of a Harlem place, among other things, in September 2023, Target stated that” we cannot remain operating these stores because extortion and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests and contributing to unworkable business performance. “

Forɱer NYPD lieutenant Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor of criminal investigation, thinks that politiciαns are to blame for much of the issue.

” Our officials have told us,’ Shoplifting is not a ρroblem,'” he told the Post. ” And then all of a sudden, we start to see all these probleɱs that are happening because many of these crimes have been downgraded by the oƒficials themselves. ” You eventually have to pay the musician.

Duane Reade, a well-known convenience store owneḑ by Walgreens, shut down 90 spots in New York City between 2019 and 2022.

Residents raised concerns about fraud playing a role in the stoppage at a NYPD neighborhood committee meeting, Our Town reported, despite the parent company’s at the time saying at the time that the trigger was shoplifting.

Real estate agent Joanne Podell reported to the Post that five of Manhattan’s former CVS spots are currently for sale.

Additionally, Walgreens has listed 17 past Manhattan stores for purchaȿe.

Walgreens Pharmacy and business closing sign at entry, Queens, New York. ( Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/ Universal Images Group via Getty )

Residents of Maria Kucer reported seeing α male “scooping things” into a dark duffel bag three weeks before her neighborhood CVȘ on Broadway closed. This was not her first time seeing him take from the store.

” I felt they were stealing from me”, the 61- year- ancient said. In the end, I ended up paying more for the goods because of the incidents, and because the clerks, chemists, and staff treated me like family, the thieves enraged me.