The recent string of robberies and theft in San Francisco is prompting concerns among business owners who fear that the surge in crime could put off tourists from visiting the area.
While theft is not new in the city, the recent surge of criminal activity has forced store owners to shorten business hours and install additional security systems in hopes of deterring thieves.
However, several videos have gone viral showing the theft and safety issues in San Francisco, including a group of shoplifters who were seen running out of luxury retailer Neiman Marcus with stolen handbags.
This has caused much concern for business owners, who fear the recent events may lead to fewer tourists. The tourism industry drives a third of the city’s economy.
“Really fundamentally government is responsible for public safety and we want to work with the policymakers in San Francisco, law enforcement, even the district attorney to find solutions because this is unacceptable and the citizens of San Francisco should be appalled, not just for the retailers but the citizens. You have the right to work in a safe environment and the right to shop in a safe environment. That’s unfortunately not happening right now,” Rachel Michelin, president and CEO of the California Retailers Association told Kron 4.