According to a spokeswoman for the group, two district attorneys have agreed to listen to their request that New York City’s five district attorneys establish new sections within their offices to focus solely on shoplifting.
According to Nelson Eusabio, a former president of the National Supermarket Association and a founding member of CAPS, the organization has scheduled meetings with the district attorneys of Staten Island and Manhattan to press them on the matter.
“We urge New York’s officials to step up to safeguard workers from being assaulted, retailers from being robbed, and customers who are afraid to shop,” said Eusabio. Burglaries and robberies have increased by 22%.
The group has requested the five district attorneys in New York City to establish specialized teams to combat retail theft, and we look forward to speaking with each of them personally about this.
In response to stealing, Mayor Adams praised the Fordham Road Business District in the Bronx for hiring private security guards, calling it “a sensible tactic.”
Additionally, he committed to doing more to address an increase in thefts, and the recidivism he feels is the cause.
“We held a summit with all of our big chains two weeks ago to discuss the recurrent grand larcenies and larcenies occurring in stores. We’re about to announce a significant initiative.”
“People must feel comfortable, and the NYPD is working to ensure that businesses are protected in the city. However, recidivism is a significant issue in the city.
The Staten Island DA’s office will meet with CAPS in early February, according to James Clinton, a spokesman for the agency, and McMahon seems open to their suggestion.
McMahon added that he “wholeheartedly” supports the coalition’s message, “all New Yorkers deserve to shop without having basic things held away under lock and key.”
They need all of our help to survive in a sea of lawlessness, and they deserve it.
An official from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said they were willing to talk to the coalition.