Target is changing the operating hours of its stores in San Francisco due to safety concerns over the alarming rise in thefts over the past month.
At least five Target locations in the San Francisco area are now closing at 6 p.m., four hours earlier than the usual 10 p.m. The company will also close its location on Ocean Avenue. In a statement released to NBC Bay Area News on Friday night, the company cited safety and theft as reasons for the move.
“For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area. Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials and community partners to address our concerns. With the safety of our guests, team members and communities as our top priority, we’ve temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores,” the statement read.
Several pharmacy chains, including Walmart, announced it will close 10 stores in the area in response to the surge of shoplifting incidents, as reported by Yahoo News.