Portland clothing shop shut down due to crime surge

Portland clothing shop shut down due to crime surge

A Portland, Oregon clothing shop was shut down this month after facing a string of break-ins that left the store financially gutted, according to a note posted to the front of the store.

According to KATU 2, our city is in danger, a printed note posted on Rains PDX store reads. Small businesses and large can't sustain doing business in our city's current state. We have no protection or recourse against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins, but we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd. After 15 break-ins over the last year and half, the business can't survive the financial burdens the crimes have cost the shop, according to Marcy Landolfo, owner of the store.

As small businesses, we can't sustain those types of losses and stay in business. She said I won't even go into the numbers of how much has been out of pocket.

Landolfo continued to KATU 2 as the products targeted are the very expensive winter products, and I just felt like the minute I get those in the store they're going to get stolen.

The shop is closing down due to the unrelenting criminal behavior, coupled with escalating safety issues for our employees, according to a message posted to the front store. When Rains was in a break-in last month, according to KATU 2, the mayor Ted Wheeler said they were working on a plan to better assist business owners who needed to repair their shops.

Landolfo said that isn't enough to address crime in the city.

Rains is the latest store in Portland to close up shop after crime spikes. A Nike location abruptly closed down shop earlier this fall after brazen shoplifting incidents.

Thefts have plagued retail chains nationwide in the past few years. The National Retail Federation conducted a survey that found retail crime increased by 26.5% in 2021, resulting in a multi-billion dollar issue for businesses.

Violent crime in Portland has skyrocketed over the last few years. A recent study found that it rose most precipitously in 2020 when the city saw near-nightly protests and riots over the death of George Floyd.

In 2020, the city saw a 58% increase in homicides compared to the year before, and in 2021 there was a 54% increase in homicides compared to the already violent and bloody 2020. The number of homicides in 2021 was a 238% increase from the numbers in 2018.