Lori Lightfoot, Democrat Mayor of Chicago suggested street vendors stop taking cash to avoid robberies.
Lightfoot spoke out during the mayoral race debate on Thursday night. Due to an increase in theft, she said she was working with street vendors and could make them cashless.
“I heard a lot of rhetoric here, a lot of soundbites, but not a lot of concrete solutions on how we get the job done and make our residents and our workers safe. We’re doing it every single day,”Lightfoot added:
We have been in Little Village working with those street vendors, understanding what the nature of the crime is, making sure that we’re doing things in concert with them to help them, to make sure that their money is secure. Avoid using cash, and if possible, other methods of payments to pay.
Lightfoot claimed that such stores could be a good place to shop for groceries. “protect themselves”Avoid taking cash.
“We’ve been in Little Village working with those vendors hand and glove to make sure that they are doing things that they can do to protect themselves like not using cash, making sure that the cash that they do take in is secure,”She said.
Fox News reported that public data from Chicago’s Little Village has shown that there have been a number of deaths in the area. “13% increase in robberies in 2022 when compared to 2021, with 477 robberies taking place in 2022.”
The number of robberies occurring in the 10th District in 2023 is already higher than in 2022. There are 30 such robberies this year.
While shootings in the city decreased by 20% compared to 2021, violence overall increased by 41%.
The number of reported robberies was 8,996 in 2022 compared to 7,911 2021.
Lightfoot claims that her crimes plans are working despite these alarming statistics. In an earlier month, Lightfoot stated that her crime plans had been working. shared a campaign ad on Twitter claiming that she has put more police officers on the street.
“When it comes to addressing crime in our city, I’ve got a plan — and it’s working,”She said.
When Lightfoot’s opponent, Paul Vallas, said that “Crime is out of control in Chicago,”Lightfoot replied:
Paul, do your homework. We’re already doing all of this — holding dangerous people accountable, tackling gangs and gun violence, making equitable investments in our communities — and will continue to make Chicago safer. There is still much to be done, but we’re on the right track.
Paul, do your homework. We’re already doing all of this — holding dangerous people accountable, tackling gangs and gun violence, making equitable investments in our communities — and will continue to make Chicago safer. There is still much to be done, but we’re on the right track. https://t.co/r9tXBXpdKx
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) January 5, 2023
As Breitbart News noted, “the Chicago Police Department released data for major crime complaints in 2022, showing that crime increased by 41 percent. Furthermore, since Lightfoot came into office three years ago, crime has risen by 33 percent.”
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