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Walgreens reported that it will close another five stores in San Francisco, due to the crime wave and rampant robberies affecting the city.
“Due to organized crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores in San Francisco,” a Walgreens spokesperson said in a statement.
Each of the branches will transfer prescriptions to a nearby location within a one-mile radius where customers left their prescription.
Organized crime is taking on San Francisco retailers and drug store robberies have increased up to five times.
The company increased security measures at all branches in the city in a way to provide a safe environment.
Since the beginning of 2019 Walgreens has closed at least 10 of its pharmacies in the San Francisco area.
What are the branches that will close?
The branches that will be closing in the next few weeks are located at 2250 Ocean Ave, 4645 Mission Street, 745 Clement Street, 300 Gough Street and 3400 Cesar Chavez Street.
Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco are the cities with the highest rates of organized crime in retail in the country, according to the California Merchants Association.
Security experts blame the referendum California passed in 2014 which made the theft of property a misdemeanor as long as its value is $ 950 or less.
In July, six stores in the Target chain in San Francisco will change their hours due to the increase in crime in the city.
Branches announced that would close at 6 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. due to the increase in thefts.
A survey conducted by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce mentions that 40% of residents plan to leave the city in the next few years and 8 out of 10 believe that crime has worsened in the city that it is causing a decrease in the quality of life of its residents.
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