Lori Lightfoot is on her way out.
The disastrous mayor lost her bid to get a second term.
But Lightfoot gave Chicago businesses one infuriating parting gift.
Lori Lightfoot’s reign of terror is about to end in Chicago.
Lightfoot shrugged off the concerns about crime coming from fellow Democrats, and she paid the price for it.
Unfortunately, Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson might be even worse; Johnson is a rabid leftist who supported the “Defund The Police” movement.
Now with Johnson set to be sworn in next week, perhaps the defining moment of the Lightfoot administration was Chicago Police informing businesses that if they want to stop crime, they should invest in riot glass after a string of robberies.
CBS News reported that police “say the same chain of events transpired in each burglary – thieves would break the front or side glass windows using a rock, brick, or crowbar, enter the business and steal money from a register, the cash register itself, a safe, and liquor…In the community alert issued on the burglaries, police recommended using ArmorPlast – an unbreakable shield to fit over existing glass.”
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The problem has gotten so bad, businesses have to buy riot glass.
This is the new normal in Chicago.
Tamer Jaradat, an employee at Western Food & Grocery, told reporters, “He broke into the back door, just went straight here, grabbed the money from the cash register, speakers, and just ran…Three months ago, they broke in – they stole the ATM machine.”
Thieves are stealing entire ATMs out of stores.
Jaradat also said that employees and store owners are going to start taking matters into their own hands.
He continued, “Usually, people fear their lives too. Like, I have seven kids…If it takes me having to protect my life or my business, I’m going to do it…Now if you call the cops like too much, every day, for stealing a bag of chips or pop, they’re not going to show up in 10 or 20 minutes like before…It takes time.”
In many instances, it’s not even worth it for the cops because pro-crime state’s attorneys will not prosecute crimes.
That’s how repeat offenders end up back on the streets to commit more crimes.
Brad Campbell, founder of the company Riot Glass, explained, “We want to keep the bad guys outside the building – and that’s what the product does…Our mission is to help prevent this and to stop this cycle…Riot Glass is really the next evolution in product development specifically for smash-and-grab crimes.”
Until underlying problems get fixed, businesses will be on their own.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.