Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses open and deemed essential during the current COVID-19 pandemic should consider boosting security to protect their staff, customers, property, and inventory.
This advice comes on the heels of two developments – a spike in property crimes and retail fraud, and police dialing back their responses.
According to Mlive Michigan news service, in Lansing and a growing number of communities, if someone steals from you during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the police probably won’t respond in person.
Limiting public interaction, or social distancing, is a growing trend as police agencies across the state pivot to maintain public safety while protecting law enforcement and citizens from the potential spread of COVID-19.
Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green said his officers, “until further notice,” won’t respond in person to reports of larceny; property destruction; retail fraud, if a suspect isn’t known or the value of the theft is under $1,000; attempted break-ins or break-ins at unoccupied buildings, including garages or vacant homes; ID theft when the victim isn’t financially harmed and reimbursed by their bank; harassing phone calls or emails; credit card theft if the charges arise outside Lansing and calls of lost property.
Meridian Township issued a similar statement stating: “The Meridian Township Police Department will limit in-person responses to calls in certain situations” but “will continue to respond to all violent and in-progress crimes.”
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