Target and Walgreens are heightening security efforts in major cities across California amid increased theft and crime, new reports suggest.
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento are among the cities with the most organized retail crime in the country, according to the California Retailer’s Association. As a result, stores have been closing early or permanently shuttering.
Target stores in San Francisco are now closing early, moving from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a Financial District store closing as early as 5p.m. on Saturday, according to hours listed on its website. Most stores open between 7 and 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Target told KPIX5 the decision to adjust its store hours in San Francisco was related to theft with a spokesperson confirming: “For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area.
“Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials and community partners to address our concerns. With the safety of our guests, team members and communities as our top priority, we’ve temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores.”
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