Over the past year, there have been many news stories and headlines regarding how much crime happens at Walmart, and how often local police officers are being called to Walmart stores. The statistics are shocking:
- Law enforcement logged nearly 16,800 calls in one year to Walmarts in four Florida counties, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. That’s two calls an hour, every hour, every day.
- According to an analysis from Bloomberg News, in one year, police were called to one of Tulsa’s four Walmarts just under 2,000 times. They were called to one of the city’s four Targets around 300 times.
- A local news story reported that within four Massachusetts counties, police received 1,773 calls for incidents at five Walmarts in 2015 — about one every day. Seven out of 10 times, no arrests were made.
- A Walmart in Denver, CO, experienced 3.7 police calls per day in 2015.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be out in front of Walmarts all across the country to talk to customers and workers about their concerns, and how they think this problem should be handled. Does Walmart experience more crime because the stores are under-staffed? Are they training workers properly on how to deal with potential crimes?
Making Change at Walmart believes that
- It’s Walmart’s job to provide sufficient security staff for its stores.
- The large number of police calls to Walmart stores questions whether Walmart is relying too much on the taxpayer to provide security.
- Walmart should place security ahead of profits, and invest in more store security.
We’d like to hear from you: Who do you think should pay the price of providing security for property and other minor crimes in Walmart stores?