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Retail Crime: New York will spend $45M to address organized crime enforcement

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Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a $45 million initiative aimed at combating organized retail theft across New York, a move that comes as a relief to small business owners plagued by this growing issue. The announcement made on Tuesday details the inclusion of this comprehensive plan in the Fiscal Year 2025 Executive Budget, which proposes a dedicated retail theft unit within the New York State Police, alongside financial support for District Attorneys, local law enforcement, and security enhancements for businesses.

The initiative is not just about enforcement; it introduces new legislation to safeguard retail employees from assault and to stem the sale of stolen goods online. With a specific breakdown of the funds, Hochul’s plan allocates $25 million to the State Police for establishing a Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit, $15 million to assist DA’s offices and local police forces, and $5 million to aid businesses with security costs.

Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of public safety and her commitment to supporting New York’s businesses against theft. The approach mirrors strategies previously employed to reduce gun violence and violent crimes, highlighting a proactive stance against retail theft and ensuring a safer environment for both consumers and workers in the state.