Walgreens, Target and the S.F. crime debate: What one huge spike in reported incidents tells us about shoplifting data

But crime experts say the data required to accurately measure shoplifting is woefully inadequate. There is no better example of the problem than the shoplifting data kept by the San Francisco Police Department. Did the store see a massive spike in...

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FuzzyOptics
FuzzyOptics
62 · 2 days ago · Reddit

It's a pain in the ass and is likely to be useless but everyone and all businesses should try to always file reports for any thefts or other property crimes. Data informs decisions and prioritization.

SFPD and some other police departments often have a "cultural tendency" to discourage reporting. It serves their interest for numbers to be lower.

It serves our interests as citizens for the data to be as accurate as possible.

bmc2
bmc2
46 · 2 days ago · Reddit

Shouldn't be surprising that property crime is massively underreported in SF, given that SFPD won't do anything about any reports that are filed.

readonlyred
readonlyred
45 · 2 days ago · Reddit

tl;dr: One store's change to the way it reported shoplifting incidents caused the city's tally of total incidents to nearly double for one month, bringing the accuracy of the city's numbers into question.

jsx8888
jsx8888
22 · 2 days ago · Reddit

Small business get robbed daily but don’t take the time to report it since they know very well that sfpd and the DA don’t take the reports seriously. It’s just a waste is time at this point.