California: State’s organized retail crime takedown results in 525% increase in recovering stolen goods
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~ In the ongoing efforts to combat organized retail crime in California, state law enforcement officials have made significant progress in the last five months. Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has made 636 arrests and recovered 216,754 stolen goods, valued at nearly $5.7 million, since January.

This increase in arrests and recovered goods is a result of the state's Organized Retail Crime Taskforce, which has seen a 167% increase in arrests and a 525% rise in recovered stolen goods compared to the same time period last year. The estimated value of these recovered goods has also increased by 140%.

Governor Newsom expressed his satisfaction with these results, stating that month after month, California is seeing the impact of taking down organized retail crime in communities statewide. He also emphasized the importance of collaboration with local partners in this effort.

The numbers speak for themselves - these increased efforts have resulted in recovering more than half of all stolen goods that were recovered by the taskforce in 2023. Since its establishment in 2019, the CHP has been involved in over 2,600 investigations and has arrested over 2,700 suspects. They have also recovered over 827,000 stolen goods valued at $43.8 million.

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CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee praised the dedicated investigators for their success in combating organized retail crime through increased enforcement efforts and strategic partnerships. He stated that this significant increase in arrests and recovery of stolen merchandise highlights their commitment to protecting communities and supporting businesses.

The state's commitment to fighting crime is evident through its investment of $1.1 billion since 2019 to improve public safety and help local governments hire more police officers. In line with this commitment, Governor Newsom announced an annual 310% increase in proactive operations targeting organized retail crime as part of California's Real Public Safety Plan.

The CHP also works closely with partners in San Francisco, Oakland, and Bakersfield to bring down crime and ensure public safety. Recent data released by the Oakland Police Department shows a 33% decrease in crime compared to the same time last year. This includes a decrease in burglary, robbery, car theft, larceny, arson, homicide, and assault. Similarly, San Francisco has seen a significant drop in both violent and property crimes compared to last year.

The efforts of the CHP and its partners are making a tangible difference in reducing organized retail crime and improving public safety in California. With continued collaboration and increased enforcement efforts, the state is determined to combat this unacceptable crime.

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