Westfield Mall blamed SF Nordstrom’s closure on ‘crawling’ crime

Nordstrom said downtown “has changed dramatically over the past few years, which has impacted the flow of customers to our stores and our ability to operate successfully,” without specifically citing public safety concerns. in a memo.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, which owns the Westfield shopping center where Nordstrom is closing, was more outspoken, with a spokesperson accusing the city of ‘unsafe conditions’ and a ‘lack of enforcement against activities’. endemic criminals”.

These claims are supported by crime data that shows retail theft has increased in San Francisco in recent years. But some measures of criminal activity such as 911 calls to Market and Fifth streets are below pre-pandemic levels, suggesting there is less foot traffic and shopper activity, which which in turn can fuel a perception of heightened danger.

Statewide data shows that San Francisco has a high rate of shoplifting reports compared to the rest of California and neighboring counties in the Bay Area.

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