NYC: Storefront burglaries up sharply under coronavirus measures

NYC: Storefront burglaries up sharply under coronavirus measures
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[Ed. – Do tell. The article doesn’t place any blame with the release of jailed inmates, but that seems pretty silly.  The focus in the article is on the silencing and vacating of the storefront landscape due to mandated business closures.]

The NYPD has seen a 75% increase in reports of burglaries of commercial establishments from March 12, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency, to March 31, police officials said. The NYPD recorded 254 burglaries of businesses during that time period this year compared with 145 for the same period last year, the officials said.

All boroughs of the city have seen increases, the officials said.

The increase in burglaries coincided with steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus. On March 15, the city ordered restaurants and bars to cease on-site service, prompting many establishments to close altogether or limit operations. …

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