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September 07, 2023
Atlanta Walmart Shut Down Due To Crime, So They're Reopening With A Police Station INSIDE
An Atlanta Walmart plans to reopen in May 2024 with a police substation after the retail location closed last year following a surge in crime.
The Supercenter closed its doors after an alleged arson, which was the second fire that year. Another Atlanta-based Walmart was also shut down following a fire. The suspects intentionally started the fires to create a distraction to allow them to shoplift as customers fled, investigators believe.
But I don't think Walmart should worry. The substation will probably prevent any new fires.
The new Vine City location will include a mini-precinct that will serve as a "police landing space," and includes a space for officers in the neighborhood to file reports and rest.
Walmart’s decision to include a mini-precinct in the store comes as organized retail crime and theft continue to plague the retail industry as they hope it will deter criminal activity.
“Theft is an issue. It’s higher than what it has historically been,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” last year. “We’ve got safety measures, security measures that we’ve put in place by store location. I think local law enforcement being staffed and being a good partner is part of that equation, and that’s normally how we approach it,” McMillon said.
Target Chief Financial Officer Michael Fiddelke told CNBC that most "of the shoplifting is organized retail theft, rather than petty theft" and that shoplifting has jumped about 50% year over year.
Mayor Andre Dickens informed Walmart there is a “need and necessity” to reopen the store and that the community would become a food desert without it. City officials believe that the presence of more police will deter crime.It is no surprise and not new that the democratic-run city is plagued with crime. Just this past Labor Day weekend, 15 people were shot in Atlanta and six people died from their wounds. I have a feeling that bringing a mini-precinct will not have much of an effect on crime. Atlanta has been run by Democrats for over 100 years. Do you think that has something to do with all this?