CHICAGO (CBS) — This is not thing you usually spot connected Chicago’s celebrated Magnificent Mile. Two cars parked connected the sidewalk successful beforehand of a high-end store.
In what appears to beryllium a transgression prevention tactic, a representation shows 2 vehicles parked connected Burberry’s Michigan Avenue sidewalk, blocking the entranceway during disconnected hours.
Burberry was targeted by burglars doubly successful 2 days to commencement the caller year.
These incidents were among a rash of retail transgression targeting high-end stores connected the Mag Mile and in suburban malls.
Rob Karr is the president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. While helium says he’s alert of the concerns Burberry has astir crime, helium hasn’t spoken to the store astir circumstantial tactics. But helium says he’s not surprised.
“I deliberation it does talk to the information that they feel, close oregon wrong, they consciousness a spot connected their ain present and they request to instrumentality measures, immoderate measures they tin to support themselves,” Rob Karr, President, and CEO of Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek visited the Mag Mile wherever she spoke with employees crossed the Coach store who accidental they’ve seen the vehicles parked extracurricular of Burberry’s entranceway the past mates of nights.
While Burberry has not responded to requests for comment, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the bureau liable for managing metropolis sidewalks, said Wednesday they were not alert of the vehicles parked extracurricular Burberry aft hours and would beryllium sending an inspector.
A spokesperson said determination is not a CDOT licence that would let for parking connected the sidewalk similar that. Chicago constabulary would not corroborate oregon contradict whether they were aware, lone responding, “for information reasons, we bash not sermon patrol oregon deployment strategies.”
CBS 2 reached retired to the politician and alderman’s offices and did not perceive back.
Karr of the retail merchant’s relation says helium volition proceed to person conversations with metropolis leaders astir however to amended support businesses. Because arsenic helium says, retail theft is devastating for everyone.
“Every clip a portion of merchandise is stolen, there’s income taxation that is not collected connected that merchandise. And retailers are the largest root of income taxation gross for section governments and the 2nd largest for the state. Those assistance money the services that we each trust upon truthful we’re each victims,” Karr said.