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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed retailers for not prioritizing security amid a string of burglaries and thefts at retail stores in recent months.

“We still have retailers who wouldn’t plan on having security officers in their stores, making sure they have cameras that are actually on, closing their business at night, of high-end bags. These wallets could be something. It’s attracting a lot of organized retail theft units,” Lightfoot said Monday.

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Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchant Association, said Chicago businesses need to “stop fingerprinting among the leadership.”

“The comments that retailers need to do more are sadly misinformation. I think it ignores the fact that retailers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on security… Retail doesn’t work that way,” Karr told Granthshala Business.

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“We have a fine line to walk. I don’t think the mayor wants a line of armed personnel in every shop.”

Groups of robbers in masks have stormed stores in orchestrated plots in downtown Chicago and downtown suburbs to steal thousands of dollars in merchandise.

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Chicago Police Department alert sent to businesses in North Chicago on Black Friday after seven burglaries over the course of nearly three weeks. It warned criminals to “forcefully enter through the front or side door by breaking the window panes with the prep tool” and then steal property.

Last Thursday, nine men stormed a store along Michigan Avenue, resulting in the arrest of just one perpetrator, a 16-year-old boy who was charged with a felony retail theft.

A security guard stands outside a Nordstrom store on November 23, 2021.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raul started the Organized Retail Crime Task Force to combat robbery robbers.

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task Force executed search warrant Apparel, beauty products, electronics and other goods were seized on Friday in eight storage units and worth millions of dollars.

“Organized retail theft is far more than just lost revenue and stolen products,” Raul said Friday. “Often, the criminal enterprises behind these crimes are linked to other crimes, such as drug trade and human trafficking. I commit to identifying the perpetrators behind this and other organized retail crimes in Illinois.”

Shoppers leave a Nordstrom store on May 26, 2021 in Chicago.

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Tax said retail evasion not only hurts the viability of businesses, but also reduces tax revenue for the government and leaves shoppers fearful during the holiday season.

He said, “Criminals take advantage of the weakest link, and right now Chicago looks like the weakest link, because the leadership that must address this together with us is fighting each other over who is to blame, ” They said.