There are about 440 million shoplifting incidents each year resulting in $13 billion in stolen goods
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — As the holiday shopping season gets underway, the grinch won’t be the only one trying to steal Christmas.
Connecticut has seen an increase in retail theft, leaving many people asking the question, is it safer to shop online?
Not necessarily. Online shopping just brings a different set of risks, including cybercrime which has seen a dramatic rise in Connecticut.
On Tuesday in West Hartford, Gov. Ned Lamont was in town to kick off the shopping season by encouraging people to shop local.
FOX61 asked him if he’s concerned about the increase in retail theft?
“Look, it’s always a concern to me,” he said. “We take it very seriously and there are some viral videos that have gotten everybody on edge.”
The town of West Hartford says they’ve installed extra security cameras and are ready.