Crime Doesn’t Pay … Or Does It?

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I heard this statement made many times when I was growing up: “Crime Doesn’t Pay.” That statement, of course, was used to deter people from indulging in a life enveloped in criminal behavior. Unfortunately, my opinion regarding criminal mischief is changing; not because I want my opinion to change but because our own government is encouraging deleterious behavior and now rewarding criminal behavior.

What I am about to share with you will seem as if I am making it all up. You will say to yourself there is no possible way a civilized society could enact such vacuous efforts to reduce crime in our major cities—but, folks, it’s true. Betsy McCaughey recently wrote: Stores are fleeing San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Portland. In New York City, nearly one-third of shoplifting incidents reported to police last year were committed by the same 327 people—professional thieves—who were arrested a total of 6,000 times.

Go ahead and tell these career criminals that crime doesn’t pay. Citizens in California are finally fed up and are fighting back. A recent poll showed residents in the Golden State are trying to force the legislators to make stealing goods over $400 a felony. Unfortunately, too many lawmakers feel that crime should not only pay but that career crooks should be permitted to steal more than $400 worth of merchandise before being arrested.

In New York City, where shoplifting complaints have seen a staggering 45% surge from the previous year, Mayor Eric Adams decided he wanted to take this behavior head on. Betsy McCaughey writes, “Mayor Adams wants
to place kiosks in often-hit stores, where he suggests the

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