CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s not something you normally see on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile. Two cars parked on the sidewalk outside an upscale store in a tactic to stop the crime.
Jackie Kostek of CBS 2 visited the Mag Mile where she spoke with Coach store workers who say they saw vehicles parked outside the Burberry entrance for the past two nights.
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Burberry won’t say why there have been vehicles in front of their stores, but we do know the store has been hit by burglars at least three times since late November and twice last week.
The story begins with just one photo – one photo shows two vehicles parked on the sidewalk of Burberry’s Michigan Avenue in an apparent crime prevention tactic.
Who could blame the luxury retailer as burglars hit Burberry twice in two days to start the New Year. A wave of retail crimes targeting high-end stores on the Mag Mile and in suburban malls continues, including this incident involving multiple thieves at a Louis Vuitton store.
As for overnight parking on the sidewalks, the head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association says:
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“I think this is a testament to whether they feel good or bad, they feel a bit lonely here and that they need to take action, every measure possible to protect themselves,” Rob Karr, president and chief executive officer branch of the Illinois Association of Retail Traders.
Although Burberry did not respond to our requests for comment, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for managing the city’s sidewalks, today said it was unaware of parked vehicles. outside Burberry after hours and would send an inspector.
A spokesperson said there was no CDOT permit that would allow parking on the sidewalk like this. The CPD would not confirm or deny if they were aware, responding only “for security reasons, we are not discussing patrol or deployment strategies”. CBS 2 contacted the mayor’s and alderman’s offices and received no response.
Karr, of the Retail Traders Association, said he would continue to have conversations with city leaders on how to better protect businesses. Because like he says, theft in retail is devastating for everyone.
“Every time a good is stolen, there is a sales tax that is not collected on that good. And retailers are the largest source of tax revenue for local governments and the second for the state. These help fund the services we all rely on, so we are all victims, ”Karr said.
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