Walmart Blamed For Extreme Police Burden

In Tampa Bay, FL, some city officials are protesting the burden Walmart is putting on the police. It is an interesting scenario because is this really Walmart's fault? More broadly, how much should business be responsible for incidents?

A few key quotes:

seven of the 10 places deputies responded to most in a year were Walmarts

Walmarts place a heavier load on local authorities than any other business. Walmarts across the region accounted for nearly 16,800 police calls in just one year, the Times found. That's two calls an hour, every hour of every day.

In Largo, two of the top three places police were called to the most in a year were Walmarts. Fenger said the theft calls for small items, such as a bottle of soda or bag of candy, are especially frustrating.

Walmart response: "We have invested, and continue to invest, in robust technologies and crime prevention efforts while also working with law enforcement and security professionals."

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