Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Puts the Blame on Retailers for the Recent Wave of High-End Robberies

Dominique Robinson /
Dominique Robinson /

We’ve watched the left continuously blame everyone else for their shortcomings. Their people come from broken homes, inequality, poverty, the inner city, they don’t know their dad, there aren’t positive role models around, etc. Pick whatever race-baiting argument you want to make and the left has used that for an excuse as to why so many Democratic-controlled cities aren’t acting right.

Yet nobody has ever blamed the shop owner for their being robbed. It’s always been bad kids, or boys being boys, or a teenage rebellion thing. However, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is looking to end that streak. She has chosen, instead, to put her foot so far down her own throat that she’s liable to choke on the heel. Especially with soundbites like these.

“Some of the retailers downtown in Michigan Avenue, I will tell you, I’m disappointed that they are not doing more to take safety and make it a priority. For example, we still have retailers that won’t institute plans like having security officers in their stores. Making sure that they’ve got cameras that are actually operational, locking up their merchandise at night, chaining high-end bags…These purses seem to be something that is attracting a lot of organized retail theft units.”

So there is nothing her Democrat-controlled city could do to help prevent these thefts? No agency that might be called upon to help? Nobody over a security officer? Nobody who a security officer would call if we had problems like a rash of thefts? Oh, wait that’s right…the police. The very same people she and her supporters are choosing to start defunding as they look to eliminate law enforcement as much as possible.

Now as a part of this choice, stores are expected to have their own police forces, lock up all merchandise as doors and alarms are useless, and avoid advertising that they have high-end merchandise? Maybe they need to stop posting their wares on social media and taking out ads in the local newspapers, too. Granted, who knows how many of her innocent thieves can read in the first place.

Now, we cannot blame the citizens themselves. I mean yes, they did vote for this. They did vote for the Democrats to have a monopoly over their city and throughout countless states, but they weren’t fully aware of all the progressive policies these leftists had in mind for them. It’s doubtful they envisioned jail turning into a revolving door of criminals going in, getting an appearance ticket, and being told to leave. Many without even being fingerprinted or having their mug shot taken.

When you tell criminals that nearly all crime is okay, they will take that at face value and take it to the bank. They will ensure they take that bank, too. Keeps the cycle going and keeps the ‘evil for-profit prisons’ a little more starved for prisoners. The problem is once they know they are heading to jail, why stop committing crimes? If you are already going to do three to seven years what’s another two to three? Especially when many judges are happy to allow the time served to run concurrently; thus meaning no real extra punishment.

Don’t misunderstand this article. There is a level of personal responsibility on the shop owners to have the best locks, glass, alarms, and security possible on site. Things like locks only keep honest people honest. They don’t stop true criminals, and for many of these smash and grab robbers that’s all this is; a crime of opportunity. They see a location ripe for the robbery, so they set their sights on the location and get ready to take it for all it’s worth. Keep the stuff secure, and they pass it on for an easier mark.