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California GOP leaders slam Dems after report shows statewide increase in burglaries, robberies

So-called “smash-and-grabs” have been on the rise in California in recent years, with a steady uptick, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California analyzes retail theft and robberies across 15 of the state’s largest counties. The report, released Tuesday, distinguishes commercial shoplifting from commercial burglary and robberies. 

family fights back against robber

The would-be robber used bear spray, but the family continued to fight him off until he fled empty-handed. (Meza’s Jewelry)

Commercial shoplifting is defined as entering a commercial establishment with the intent to steal property valued at less than $950; commercial burglaries concern stolen items valued above that figure. Robberies, on the other hand, are any thefts in which force is threatened and/or used. 

According to the PPIC report, commercial shoplifting jumped roughly a third from the pandemic years, commercial burglaries are more than 15% higher than in 2019, and robberies are up 13.3% in that same time frame. 

She added: “The experiment has not worked. No one is looking at California and saying, ‘this is what we should be doing.’ And in fact, we’re seeing that with the people that are just getting up and leaving.” 

Fox News Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed to this report. 

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more. 


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