CHICAGO (CBS) — This isn’t one thing you usually see on Chicago’s well-known Magnificent Mile. Two automobiles parked on the sidewalk in entrance of a high-end retailer.
In what seems to be a criminal offense prevention tactic, an image reveals two autos parked on Burberry’s Michigan Avenue sidewalk, blocking the doorway throughout off hours.
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Burberry was focused by burglars twice in two days to start out the brand new yr.
These incidents had been amongst a rash of retail crime focusing on high-end shops on the Magazine Mile and in suburban malls.
Rob Karr is the president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Retailers Affiliation. Whereas he says he’s conscious of the issues Burberry has round crime, he hasn’t spoken to the shop about particular techniques. However he says he’s not stunned.
“I feel it does converse to the truth that they really feel, proper or unsuitable, they really feel a bit on their very own right here and they should take measures, any measures they will to guard themselves,” Rob Karr, President, and CEO of Illinois Retail Retailers Affiliation.
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CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek visited the Magazine Mile the place she spoke with workers throughout the Coach retailer who say they’ve seen the autos parked exterior of Burberry’s entrance the previous couple of nights.
Whereas Burberry has not responded to requests for remark, the Chicago Division of Transportation, the company liable for managing metropolis sidewalks, mentioned Wednesday they weren’t conscious of the autos parked exterior Burberry after hours and can be sending an inspector.
A spokesperson mentioned there may be not a CDOT allow that may permit for parking on the sidewalk like that. Chicago police wouldn’t affirm or deny whether or not they had been conscious, solely responding, “for security causes, we don’t talk about patrol or deployment methods.”
CBS 2 reached out to the mayor and alderman’s workplaces and didn’t hear again.
Karr of the retail service provider’s affiliation says he’ll proceed to have conversations with metropolis leaders about the right way to higher shield companies. As a result of as he says, retail theft is devastating for everybody.
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“Each time a chunk of merchandise is stolen, there’s gross sales tax that’s not collected on that merchandise. And retailers are the biggest supply of gross sales tax income for native governments and the second largest for the state. These assist fund the providers that all of us depend upon so we’re all victims,” Karr mentioned.