CHP to Patrol Stanford Mall and Other Malls Amid Rush of Robbery | New

Local shopping malls, including the Stanford Mall, will benefit from a greater armed protection force this holiday season. Governor Gavin Newsom on November 22 ordered the California Highway Patrol to increase its presence around shopping malls in the state.

Newsom’s order follows multiple crash burglaries. Organized groups went to high-end retail stores in malls and fled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive merchandise including jewelry, handbags and clothing.

Although some such crimes have been a mainstay of police records in recent years, the scale and frequency of such incidents appear to be on the rise. They are also growing, with up to 80 people storming a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek on November 20 and multiple incidents in San Francisco and Los Angeles involving dozens of people, according to the police departments in those cities. On November 21, Palo Alto Police foiled 30 to 40 people attempting to break into the downtown RealReal luxury consignment store.

The rise in burglaries has led prosecutors in seven Bay Area counties to form a new alliance against organized retail theft, which was announced on Tuesday.

The rise in cheeky thefts comes as retailers stocked up for the holiday shopping season. A recent survey from Simon Property Group, which operates the Stanford Mall and other malls nationwide, found that 80% of those surveyed viewed buying gifts in retail stores as the best way to go shopping this year instead of making an online purchase. The survey also found that 81% of those surveyed were concerned that their Christmas gifts might not arrive on time or be available at all this year and that the best way to guarantee getting the gifts would be to go through them. physical stores, the company said in a Nov. 9 press release.

The CHP will patrol the Stanford and Town and Country Village shopping malls in Palo Alto at least during the holidays, CHP spokesman Officer Art Montiel said.

“Agents will be touring the malls to show their presence in the areas,” he said, noting that they would cover the Stanford, Town and Country and Hillsdale malls as well as others within each. CHP jurisdiction.

“We’re just going to show our presence to hopefully deter these thefts,” he said.

From large retailers to small downtown family shops, thieves don’t seem to discriminate. On November 18, thieves demolished the door of De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry in Palo Alto, seizing at least $ 50,000 in gold and silver after shattering three shop windows, according to Palo Alto police. .

Since May, thieves have also committed major thefts at the Stanford Mall, including a theft of $ 150,000 from Neiman Marcus and over $ 100,000 in a Louis Vuitton handbag heist in June.

Stanford Mall Security referred questions to the mall management, who did not return requests for comment on the security enhancement plans on Wednesday. Town and Country has a security service and has not been affected by smash and grab crime, according to the center’s management office.