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The Crisis: Retail and Residential Theft is on the Rise in California

  • “Brazen retail theft, auto theft, porch piracy, and other similar crimes are out of control and are the direct result of the failure of our criminal justice system.” – November 2022 ballot proposition text
  • “Most alarming: Retailers report these gangs are more aggressive and violent than in years past. Some 65% of respondents noted the increase in violence, while 37% said Organized Retail Crime gangs were much more aggressive than in the past.” — 2021 Retail Security Survey
  • “Law enforcement officials recovered around $8 million worth of stolen merchandise from retailers like CVS, Walgreens and Target, from the ring’s warehouse, residences and storage facility, along with roughly $85,000 in cash. Officials also seized nearly $1.9 million from the ring’s various bank accounts.” — Bay Area retail theft bust nets $8 million in stolen merchandise from CVS, Walgreens, Target, San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Fourteen people were arrested in connection with 11 brazen robberies between Nov. 18 and 28, and all are out of custody, [Los Angeles] police Chief Michel Moore said … A statewide policy of imposing $0 bail for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies ended last year, but it was kept in place within the LA County Superior Court system. Moore said at least $338,000 in goods were stolen over ten days from stores and malls across the city that incurred $40,000 in property damage.” — LA authorities announce arrests in smash-and-grab robberies, The Associated Press

The Causes: Proposition 47 and Other Soft-on-Crime Policies in California

  • Proposition 47—”The public needs to know that there is a direct correlation between rampant serial theft and voters being duped by proponents of Proposition 47. We are watching an epidemic of theft caused by Proposition 47 that over promised and under delivered, which has quite literally, turned California into the Wild Wild West.” – Assembly Member, and former police officer, Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) as reported in CalMatters

  • The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released a report that found a direct correlation between Prop. 47 and a marked increase in larceny thefts across California.

The Solution

  • Urge California officials to act now to undo the damage done by Prop 47 and put an end to retail and residential theft on Main Street and in our neighborhoods.