Oh, so THAT is why they wear the baggy pants. But if it really is impacting their margins, that is pretty significant. All retailer experience "shrink" which is a polite way of saying shoplifting but this is something on a whole new level.
Maybe they are getting external assistance but some of this is pretty well planned out. You send in a few girls to scout it out and find the most expensive stuff, they relay the locations and you are in and out in seconds. Of course if security tried to intervene it would have been racist, and if security pays too much attention to people of color, well that is also racist.
Shoplifting isn't hard if you are brazen. It isn't uncommon for people to just flat out walk out of the store pushing a cart of stolen merchandise and assume the old guy who is the greeter isn't going to do anything, or if they have security that you can overpower them easily.
The cost and potential liability of loss prevention efforts is quickly becoming not worth it. We already see many urban areas with few to no retailers and that is going to accelerate. As the thieves are already moving into the suburbs, more stores will opt into an online only model. Of course that won't stop these gangs from targeting Amazon and UPS delivery trucks. You can't win. Close your stores and you are racist for not serving the black community. Have stores but lock up high loss items which also tend to be items coveted by blacks? Also racist.
We shouldn't have to live like this.