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Mayor Adams, city officials announce plan to tackle rising retail theft in NYC

Mayor Eric Adams was joined by Attorney General Letitia James and other city officials saying shoplifting complaints saw a 44% increase from 2021 to 2022.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2023, 4:36 PM

Updated 398 days ago

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New York City officials announced a plan to crack down on retail theft across the five boroughs.
Mayor Eric Adams was joined by Attorney General Letitia James and other city officials saying shoplifting complaints saw a 44% increase from 2021 to 2022. According to officials, it's the largest increase in years and was popularized by social media.
In collaboration with nearly 100 stakeholders, a plan has been developed to combat the trend in three key areas: prevention, intervention and law enforcement.
City officials say the rise in retail theft not only hurts businesses trying to stay afloat post-COVID and amid inflation, but it also hurts the city's economy.


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