Broad + Liberty ran my piece on lawmakers fed up with rampant shoplifting.
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the piece via the below link or the below text:
Local and national politicians have had enough of rampant shoplifting, or perhaps they simply realize that the general public has had enough.
Philadelphia, Cherelle L. Parker (seen in the above photo), the city’s new mayor, appears to be targeting
shoplifting, as well as other crimes, by signing an executive order to restore
lawfulness in the city.
executive order declared a citywide public safety emergency and directed the
police department to develop “comprehensive plans” that addressed crime across
the city. The executive order directs her new police commissioner, Kevin
Bethel, to coordinate with the Managing Director’s office and other city
departments to develop a plan to hire more police officers, reduce violent
crime, as well as reduce quality-of-life crimes, and permanently shut down
pervasive open-air drug markets, such as the notorious one in Kensington.
Parker offered an open letter to Philadelphians on January 4th that read, “In
our first 100 days, my administration will announce specific plans to increase
the number of Philadelphia police officers on our streets — with a focus on
community policing citywide.
will declare a Public Safety Emergency and expeditiously get every available
resource into neighborhoods struggling with the scourges of crime, gun
violence, drugs, and addiction. Our Police Commissioner will deliver plans for
those crises and for crimes — like car theft, shoplifting, and illegal ATV use
— that diminish the quality of life in our city.”
mayor has also stated that she will reinstate “stop and frisk,” and stated that
she was open to the idea of bringing in the National Guard to clean up open-air
somebody tells you, ‘We think she lacks compassion because she wants to be too
aggressive in cleaning up the open-air drug market,’ you tell them to think
about whether or not they would want their mother, father, sister, brother,
loved one on the streets openly using intravenous drugs,” Parker said,
spoke out against car theft, shoplifting, retail theft and the illegal use of
ATVs, which she noted diminishes the quality of life for the city’s citizens.
going to make our city safe for the people who live here, who work here and who
come into our city from the suburbs and from the country and across the world.”
one has to ask, will Philadelphia District Attorney “Let ‘Em Loose Larry”
Krasner properly prosecute the crooks that the cops collar?
Harrisburg, a bill to crack down on looters and thieves was approved with
strong bipartisan support in the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives and
Senate and was signed by the governor on December 14, 2023.
Senator Dave Argall (R-29) introduced the bill after reading the reports of
widespread looting in Philadelphia and other cities.
business owners are under siege,” said Argall. “As rising theft continues to
grip communities across Pennsylvania, we need to act now.”
to Senator Argall, the United States Chamber of Commerce reported that
organized retail theft has resulted in the loss of almost 700,000 jobs
nationwide due to over $125 billion in economic losses.
legislation, Senate Bill 596, creates a first-degree felony offense, which can
result in up to 20 years in prison, for thieves who steal $50,000 worth of
goods and intend to resell them. The bill would also create the Office of
Deputy Attorney General for Organized Retail Crime Theft to pursue the leaders
of these criminal rings.
theft has become a plague on employers large and small in recent years,” Argall
continued. “We must take harsh action to deter these criminals and protect
family-sustaining jobs in Pennsylvania.”
York Governor Kathy Hochul, a left-of-center Democrat, has also declared war
against shoplifting, stating that retail thievery in New York has spiraled out
of control, with many products being placed under lock and key in many
unveiled a plan to tackle the shoplifting problem, which includes boosting
penalties for offenders who assault retail workers.
say, ‘No More!’ The chaos must stop!” Hochel said during her 2024 State of the
State address delivered in Albany, New York.
plan will create a new category of crime to prosecute those who sell stolen
goods online and set up a new “smash and grab unit” in the New York State
Police Department to prosecute theft rings. Hochul also stated she would
provide funding to state-wide district attorneys to prosecute property crime
and retail theft.
our nation and state retail theft has surged, creating fear among the customers
and workers. Thieves brazenly tear items off the shelves and menace employees,”
Hochul said. “Owners go broke replacing broken windows and stolen goods,
driving many out of business. These attacks are a breakdown of the social
presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill last year
that created second-degree and third-degree felony crimes for people who commit
repeated thefts within a short period.
to be outdone, former President Donald Trump stated last October, with his
usual hyperbole, that shoplifters should be shot on the spot.
will immediately stop all of the pillaging and theft. Very simply: If you rob a
store, you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store,” the
former president said in a speech to California Republicans.
Paul Davis, a Philadelphia writer and frequent contributor to Broad + Liberty, also contributes to Counterterrorism magazine and writes the “On Crime” column for the Washington Times. He can be reached at pauldavisoncrime.com.