Eric Adams holds summit on combating retail theft in New York

Mayor Eric Adams hosted a summit with law enforcement and business leaders Friday to consider how to halt the rise in retail theft across the Big Apple.

The two-hour conference at the Gracie Mansion explored new uses of technology in combat, best practices for surveillance and strengthening existing partnerships with law enforcement, the mayor’s office said in a release.

The ideas session, which aimed to create a “citywide strategic prevention plan,” was attended by the city’s five district attorneys, Attorney General Letitia James, NYPD officials and representatives from more than two dozen local business groups and a handful of large retailers, such as Target and Starbucks.

“Our retail businesses have my commitment that we will continue to work on real, lasting solutions to the problem of retail theft,” Adams said in a press release. “The large turnout at today’s summit sends a clear and unified message that will not allow anyone to walk away with impunity for taking something without paying for it.”

Sources told The Post Adams delivered his speech and then ducked from his summit after about 20 minutes.

A target store
Retail theft has devastated businesses in New York City.
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The full summary of what was discussed was not immediately known, and it was not clear what, if any, plan was being hatched.

Retail theft has continued to terrorize businesses in New York City this year.

By September, the latest figures available, police had already received more than 47,000 reports of petty and major theft from shops.

General view of Starbucks in NYC
Representatives from major retailers such as Starbucks attended the summit.
Christopher Sadowski

That’s nearly 10,000 more than all of 2019, when nearly 38,000 petty and major theft reports were collected from retailers, NYPD data shows.

Among those in attendance was controversial Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who was criticized for not being tough enough on crimes such as theft.

“Today’s discussion among various stakeholders — retail stores, union leaders, Business Improvement District executives, the NYPD, City Hall, treatment providers, prosecutors and legislators — was collaborative and productive,” he said, according to the press release. Eric Adams holds summit on combating retail theft in New York


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