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CVS is hiring their own surveillance vans and “squad teams” to fend off soaring retail crime

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In a twist that sounds like something straight out of a movie on FX, American retailer CVS has taken a dramatic new turn in an effort to fend off soaring retail theft threat(s). According to reports (we can’t link to the WSJ here because we don’t support them), the chain is moving into the private security arena of sorts amid reports that it is using a 13-person private team to stop shoplifting.

The chain apparently employs the militia like squad who is also armed with equally odd high-tech telescopes. Initially, the chain reportedly fought internal backlash over the sudden acquisition of such security considering private citizens generally shouldn’t be arresting people.

In places like San Francisco, where petty theft is essentially legal, it has become increasingly hard for shoplifting to be prosecuted. Officials in cities like those have made it to where theft under a certain amount generally is no longer a chargeable offense. Police officials, however, feel fairly differently laying the blame on sites like Amazon who they in turn say doesn’t verify where a seller got its items from.


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