NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams hosted a summit on Friday to create a citywide strategic prevention plan to combat shoplifting in all five boroughs.
The summit included representatives from retail industry leaders, chambers of commerce, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Attorney General’s Office, the city’s five district attorneys’ offices, and mental health and social service providers. , various business improvement districts (BIDs), organized labor, advocacy organizations, and state and national retail associations all gathered to discuss policy ideas and creative solutions to address the increase in retail theft, which is set to take a turn next year. Will be published in the report.
Mayor Adams said, “New York City businesses are the lifeblood of our economic recovery, and we will not stand by and allow criminals to undermine our economy and New Yorkers’ livelihoods.” “It is my commitment to our retail stores that we will continue to work towards real and lasting solutions to the issue of retail theft. The turnout at today’s summit sent a clear and unified message that no one Won’t be able to avoid taking anything.”
Topics discussed during Friday’s summit included leveraging technology to combat retail theft, physical security measures to prevent theft, monitoring best practices, diversion programs and enhancing existing law enforcement partnerships was.
Public safety and rebuilding New York City’s economy to pre-pandemic levels are top priorities for the Adams administration. Convening experienced leaders with diverse perspectives on the issue of shoplifting, Mayor Adams identified practical solutions that work for all stakeholders and that enhance public safety and uphold justice.
Attorney General Letitia James said, “Shoplifting hurts small businesses and New Yorkers who depend on stores in their communities for the transportation of essential goods.” “Last May, my office was proud to work with Mayor Adams, the NYPD and our other partners to bring down a major ring of retail theft. We will continue our efforts and coordination with New York City officials to combat retail theft and protect New York consumers and small businesses. I thank Mayor Adams for continuing to make public safety a priority.”
“Today’s mayor’s summit was constructive and informative in bringing to light the situation facing the retail sector with theft and burglary,” said Nelson Eusebio, government liaison for the National Supermarket Association. “I want to thank the city for taking the initiative to address this issue. This is just the first of many more steps to solve this problem in a way that will help the city prosper, stores will stay in business and allows our citizens to shop freely and without fear at our local stores.