Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot has suggested that street vendors start going cashless in order to avoid thefts.
Lightfoot made his astonishing comment during a mayoral race debate last Thursday night. She said she was working with street vendors to potentially run them through without cash due to the upsurge in thefts.
“I’ve heard a lot of rhetoric here, a lot of sound bites, but not a lot of concrete solutions about how we do the job and keep our residents and workers safe. We do it every day,” Lightfoot said, adding:
We went to Little Village to work with these street vendors, to understand the nature of the crime, to make sure that we are doing things in concert with them to help them, to make sure their money is safe. Do not use cash, if possible, using other forms of transactions to carry themselves.
Lightfoot said these stores can “protect themselves” by not taking cash.
“We’ve been working in Little Village with these vendors to make sure they’re doing what they can do to protect themselves, like not using cash, making sure the money they receive is secure. “, she said. said.
As noted by Fox News, public data shows Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood saw “a 13% increase in robberies in 2022 compared to 2021, with 477 robberies in 2022.”
So far in 2023, robberies in the 10th arrondissement have already increased by 114% compared to the same period in 2022, with 30 robberies this year.
Citywide, while the number of shootings is down 20% in 2022 compared to 2021, violent crime as a whole is up 41%.
In 2022, there were 8,996 theft reports compared to 7,911 in 2021.
Despite these sobering numbers, Lightfoot insists his criminal plans worked. Earlier this month, she share a campaign advertisement on Twitter claiming that it has put more police on the streets.
“When it comes to tackling crime in our city, I have a plan – and it works,” she said.
When Lightfoot’s opponent Paul Vallas said “crime is out of control in Chicago”, Lightfoot replied:
Paul, do your homework. We are already doing all of this – holding dangerous people accountable, fighting gangs and gun violence, making equitable investments in our communities – and will continue to make Chicago safer. There is still a lot to do, but we are on the right track.
Paul, do your homework. We are already doing all of this – holding dangerous people accountable, fighting gangs and gun violence, making equitable investments in our communities – and will continue to make Chicago safer. There is still a lot to do, but we are on the right track. https://t.co/r9tXBXpdKx
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) January 5, 2023
As noted by Breitbart News, “The Chicago Police Department released data on major crime complaints in 2022, showing that crime has increased by 41%. Additionally, since Lightfoot took office there three years ago, crime increased by 33%.