NYC businesses taking initiative after Gov. Hochul’s new plan to combat retail theft

Hochul is pushing for a $45 million anti-theft plan to be approved in the state budget.

Lindsay Tanney and Adolfo Carrion

Mar 13, 2024, 9:44 PM

Updated 30 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new plan to combat retail theft, and local businesses are already being proactive in staying safe.
Hochul is pushing for a $45 million anti-theft plan to be approved in the state budget. The plan would put $25 million toward a retail theft team with the state police, $15 million would go to district attorneys and local law enforcement, and $5 million would be dedicated to cover security costs for businesses.
The owner of a brand-new bodega in Fordham says he’s already working and making an extra effort to protect his business.
“The first thing we did was hook up the camera. As you can see, I got a whole bunch of cameras here on the back,” said bodega owner Luis Parra, who added that he’s taking more caution after his other business was robbed in February.
Hochul also mentioned increased penalties for criminals who are found guilty of retail theft as part of her plan.


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