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Father, we lift up retailers both in New York and across America before You. Put a stop to this rampant crime, restore safety in America, and protect Your people.

Shoplifting in on the rise across the nation. Last year, retailers in New York alone lost over $4 billion to retail theft. What’s being done, and what can be done?

From New York Post. Retailers across New York state say there’s no end in sight to the rising epidemic of organized shoplifting rings — and warn it could lead to more store closures, increased costs for consumers and threats of violence against store employees.

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Store owners said they lost $4.4 billion last year as a result of retail theft — which they say adds to the urgency for Gov. Kathy Hochul to crack down.

However, Hochul vetoed a bipartisan bill last week — to the chagrin of store owners — that would have created a task force to combat organized theft.

Hochul rejected a proposal that would have created a 15-member panel made up of experts appointed by the governor, Legislature and the state attorney general that would have put together a list of recommendations to respond to retail theft. …

A spokesperson for Hochul said that adopting the proposal would have cost the state $35 million — an expenditure that wasn’t allotted in the most recent budget.

Law enforcement officials from New York City to Albany to Syracuse have reported increases in incidents of retail theft — blaming the spike on progressive prosecutors who encourages criminal behavior with lenient punishment for shoplifters.

Last month, the chief of police in Syracuse said that the city has seen a 55% spike in shoplifting since 2021 — and that’s a conservative estimate.

“That number is likely higher because businesses often don’t report it — but they do continue to express concerns,” Syracuse Police Chief Joe Cecile said.

Cecile warned that small businesses are “having trouble sustaining themselves” in the face of the shoplifting campaign. …

“Retail theft at convenience stores throughout the state is not as organized as at some other retailers but is as dangerous and impactful,” Kent Sopris, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores, told The Post. …

Sopris said that convenience store clerks are “at extreme risk.” …

As of Nov. 19, Albany police have arrested nearly 2,300 people for larceny and nearly 340 people have been accused of motor vehicle theft.

That’s well above the five-year average of 2,057 arrests for larceny and 281 for motor vehicle theft. …

Organized theft isn’t limited to upstate New York.

The Big Apple saw a 64% increase in reported incidents of retail theft during the four-year period between mid-2019 and June of this year, according to the Council on Criminal Justice.

Share your prayers and scriptures about this trend of lawlessness.

(Excerpt from New York Post. Photo Credit: AndreyPopov/Getty Images)

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November 30, 2023

Good! Maybe they will vote these elected officials out of office that is allowing these thefts to occur! When the thefts first began in Chicago in 2020, I believed only one person was behind it and I still believe it! The community organizer that hates America; obama! Why won’t anyone investigate him? FATHER GOD please pull the covers off and expose the evil organizer(s) that is behind the organized chaos going on in our country since 2020; including the stolen presidential election in JESUS NAME! Amen!

November 29, 2023

Father God,
Please let our government not only see the value in protecting our business, but also the lost sales tax revenue. The state of New York lost more than $160 million in sales tax if the 4 billion in theft had been purchased. Help them to protect the lives of store clerks as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Bob Huseby
November 29, 2023

New York is the perfect litmus test for liberalism!! The Democrats ideals are hence on display. Retailers close your doors and move to Texas . We welcome all blood bought believers with open arms as long as you can say that Jesus Christ is Lord of all !!! Ha Ha Hallelujah

Grant Windholz
November 28, 2023

Oh Lord this greed behind the big cities shoplifting is crazy as this world has become more and more chaotic! Please help these criminals get a sense of reality and know they are most importantly defeating themselves because they all forget, YOU’RE THE JUDGE and nothing will ever pass you during judgment!!

November 28, 2023


Mary Beth
November 28, 2023

Another case of God’s 10 Words being broken, only in this case it is literal not symbolic. A return to Torah would be a strong deterrent to the lawlessness we are witnessing in this day. And yet much of the ‘church’ today rejects it’s importance, and the ‘world’ is greatly ignorant of it. How many 10 Commandments plaques have you seen in public places recently? In the renewed covenant Scripture, where ever it says, “lawlessness” it would better be translated “Torahlessness”. Truly Torahlessness abounds in our nation, and in our justice system – although it was based upon it.
Abba, I repent on the behalf of the ‘church’ for not valuing and proclaiming the whole counsel of Your Word – from Genesis through Revelation. May we as the ekklesia restore the Godly perspective that Psalm 119 expresses over and over, beginning to end – “How happy are those whose way of life is blameless, who live by the Torah of YHVH.” (Psa. 119:1) – “I long for Your deliverance, YHVH, and Your Torah is my delight.” (Psa. 119:174) We recognize and proclaim that salvation is by grace through faith alone, and even that comes from You, but a redeemed people should express their love for You in Your love language which is obedience. Matt. 5:17-20


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