The US Chamber of Commerce wants state and federal legislators to get involved in stemming the increasing tide of retail theft.
The group, which called the trend a «national crisis» in a letter to federal lawmakers, wants Congress to put a stop to shoplifting, according to a New York Post report.
Over half, 54%, of small retailers experienced growing shoplifting last year, according to survey cited by the commerce organization.
Retailers are «now faced with large-scale theft and looting, much of it stemming from organized crime,» Neil Bradley, US Chamber of Commerce chief policy officer, said in a statement accompanying the letter.
In the letter the commerce and other business groups suggest legislation aimed at stopping the sale of stolen goods online, an expanded definition of, and penalties for, organized retail theft and a lower threshold on stolen goods value regarding felony charges.
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