California has since 2014 implemented Proposition 47, which makes thefts of $950 or less a misdemeanor. People responded to the inducement as soon as they understood they were unlikely to be arrested or prosecuted for thefts of less than $1,000. Stores warn their staff to avoid interfering with shoplifters for fear of injuring them. Even if a crime is committed, it may never be recorded. As a result, anyone can steal whatever they want.

Even the most fundamental commercial concept of operating a retail store in one of the United States’ most populous and renowned cities is under question in San Francisco.

As the once-gilded metropolis continues to be tormented by a continuous wave of thievery, it once again shows the city’s inability to govern itself.

Artichokes in Castroville, Calif., earmuffs in Farmington, Maine, spinach in Alma, Ark., fried chicken in Barberton, Ohio are just some of the trademark products that American cities are renowned for.

With the recent increase in shoplifting, the Bay Area and San Francisco may easily be dubbed the “Shoplifting Capital of the United States.”

People sprinting out of a Neiman Marcus with expensive handbags into waiting automobiles in viral video footage have become one of the city’s most significant cultural exports.

Over the past several days, there have been a slew of eye-popping heists, including one at a Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco’s Union Square that saw 80 individuals smashing and grabbing merchandise from a Nordstrom.

Theft at Walgreens in San Francisco is five times higher than the national average, according to the pharmacy chain. As a result, the company has been slowly shutting down stores. It has previously closed 17, and five additional closures were announced last month.

After a brazen mass smash and grab heist on Sunday, Nov. 21, the Walnut Creek Police Department stated:

The Walnut Creek Police Department is actively monitoring intelligence that indicates the group of thieves who stole from the Broadway Plaza Nordstrom last night are considering similar activity later today. This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we’re alerting businesses and residents to be prepared. The PD is calling out add’l officers and reserves, and some stores may consider closing early or taking other precautions. There is no specific time or target known right now. More info to follow as we know more.

An outlet reported: “Witnesses said a large mob of people caused a huge disturbance inside the mall, with some briefly taking over a jewelry store, witnesses described some 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers and other tools looted Sam’s Jewelers, breaking glass cases and quickly fleeing. In video taken during the robbery, you can hear workers inside Sam’s Jewelers screaming in fear.”

“Third straight day a large mob of robbers have gone after retailers in the Bay Area.” “It was very scary,” one witness said: “People with no morals, no sense for other people’s safety. I feel helpless. It’s disturbing.”

Target and Safeway shops have begun cutting back on their hours in an effort to reduce the risk of theft at their sites. For some reason, toothpaste and shampoo are regularly locked behind security locks by stores, as if they were high-end commodities.

In modern nations, civil order has long been established so that law-abiding citizens may do business without fear of being victimized by criminals. In this case, the Bay Area has opted to ignore the warning signals.

San Francisco and other cities are engaging in “broken windows” neglect, the shattered windows of high-end establishments attacked by emboldened thieves.

New York City notably reestablished order in the 1990s based on “broken windows” policing or an emphasis on offenses that impacted quality of life.

Politicians have decided it is more essential to keep their hands off of arresting and incarcerating criminals than their duty to protect local companies from theft, keep their employees safe, and save their communities from losing enterprises that they rely on.

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