The far-left New York Times recently released an article titled “Is Shoplifting Really Surging?” The outlet is turning a blind eye to the $112 billion lost as a result of shoplifting in major cities across the U.S.
Instead of reporting on the financial harm done by rampant property crimes across the U.S., the New York Times said that the criminal acts are limited to just a couple of cities.
“Target and other retail chains have warned of widespread theft. News outlets have amplified the story. On social media, people have posted videos of thieves lotting stores. But the increase in shoplifting appears to be limited to a few cities, rather than being truly national,” the New York Times reported.
Shoplifting has primarily centered in several of America’s most heavily populated cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, all run by Democrats. The New York Times argues that, as a result, the issue isn’t necessarily a big deal.
The outlet said that shoplifting has been primarily exaggerated by right-wing media networks.
The New York Times wondered: “Why has the issue nonetheless received so much attention?”
The publication reported that shoplifting incidents have increased by 16% in the first six months of 2023 compared to the first half of 2019. The outlet said that although such a criminal act has drastically increased, if you exclude New York City from the fray, then shoplifting has decreased.
The outlet cited a retail expert at the consulting firm AlixPartners, Sonia Lapinsky, who said the shoplifting issue “is being talked about as if it’s much more widespread than it probably is.”
In effect, if one were to ignore the increase in shoplifting in New York City, all is fine and dandy because, according to the New York Times, shoplifting has decreased in 17 cities.
The outlet fails to report that shoplifting has increased by 109% in Los Angeles, where stores have locked up their products to prevent looting from occurring.
Acc. to the @CouncilOnCJ, shoplifting in Los Angeles spiked by a STAGGERING 109% during the first half of this year, compared to the first half of 2022. This marks the highest rise of any US city. PROGRESSIVE POLICY= NO ARRESTS= CRIMINAL SHOPPING SPREE. https://t.co/lVqx8eZWZA
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) November 26, 2023
Although the New York Times tries to say that shoplifting isn’t a major issue, despite it costing retail stores across America billions of dollars, the outlet was forced to report on the state of crime in the U.S., citing the fact that car thefts have jumped by 100% since 2019, while murders are near a 10% increase compared to the same period.