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Target in San Francisco Getting Hit by “10 Thefts a Day”

Shoplifters are regularly “shoveling stuff into a bag,” employees say, even with security guards patrolling the store

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Thieves are raiding a Target store in downtown San Francisco on a daily basis amid a spate of retailers leaving the city due to rising crime.

According to an employee who spoke with The San Francisco Standard, the Target store in the Metreon mall, located near Union Square, is seeing “10 thefts a day.” Another employee said food and cosmetics were being lifted by the handful, with “people shoveling stuff into a bag” on a regular basis.

Clothes, contraception pills and aluminum foil (used for smoking fentanyl) are also common targets for shoplifters.

When the media outlet visited last week, there were several security guards in yellow vests patrolling the store and guarding the exit. It’s unclear how many of the incidents are being reported to law enforcement.

In the summer of 2021, Target cut operating hours at its San Francisco locations due to an increase in theft and “security incidents.”

This year alone, 13 retailers – including Nordstrom and Whole Foods – have announced they would shutter locations within the city.

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Read more at The San Francisco Standard.

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