This Washington, D.C. grocery store is making these head-turning changes to prevent losing tons of money

Retailers across the nation are losing money in droves, causing some beloved brands to file bankruptcy or close altogether.

And in some parts of the country, the crime rates are so high that a lot of retailers are shutting their doors.

Now one Washington, D.C. grocery store has decided to take some drastic measures just to prevent losing a ton of money.

D.C. Harris Teeter implements new security measures

Crime in Washington, D.C. is through the roof, and most of the crimes involve carjackings, vehicle theft, and retail theft.

Because of the massive surge in thefts across the city, a D.C. Harris Teeter grocery store is making some major policy changes that it hopes will keep shoplifters at bay.

One of the new security measures will require Washington, D.C. customers to show their receipts before they leave the store.

The company told Fox News Digital, “Harris Teeter is committed to providing the highest quality, freshest products to all customers in the communities we serve. Ensuring a safe environment for both our customers and our valued associates is critical.”

In addition to the receipts, the grocery store also banned the use of several types of bags from the building including suitcases, large duffel bags, and oversized backpacks.

“These measures will help us maintain a safe shopping experience and continue providing the best services and goods at competitive prices to our customers. We thank our valued associates and customers for their cooperation and patience,” the company added.

The new measures from Harris Teeter are just one example of many that several local establishments have taken after retail theft has skyrocketed in Washington, D.C. 

One Safeway grocery store in the Columbia Heights neighborhood built new safety gates in February after three criminals destroyed an ATM located inside the store and ran away with the cash.

A CVS Pharmacy located in the same area shuttered its doors after experiencing multiple incidents of retail theft.

The crimes led to an outcry from residents, but it wasn’t enough to keep the doors open.

A Giant grocery store stated it would stop selling certain brands at several Washington, D.C. locations in September 2023, telling officials the store lost half a million dollars to thieves in the area.

Washington, D.C.’s crime is on the rise

Theft has increased in the district in recent years.

The Washington Post reported that police logged 13,000 theft incidents in 2023 – a 23% increase over the year prior.

Those incidents don’t include vehicle thefts or thefts from vehicles.

On March 5, the Secure DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2024 was passed by the city council in a 12-1 vote.

The new law was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and includes over 100 proposals to help fight crime, including adding punishments for organized retail theft and increasing penalties for gun violence.

Bowser recently defended the district’s reputation in an interview with Axios, where she cited information from police data that shows a 17% drop in violent crime and a 12% drop in overall crime this year.

Blue State Blues will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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