Smash & Grab: Stealing the Season

KNX News town hall panel includes Charis Kubrin
Tue, 12/12/2023 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

This holiday shopping season comes with a shadow. The National Retail Federation says Los Angeles is the number one city in the country for organized retail theft.

Even though commercial robberies have only increased 13% in L.A. since 2019, and the effect on retailers’ bottom lines hasn’t changed much, some business owners are ramping up security in response to a string of high-profile smash-and-grab robberies.

Is organized retail crime actually a growing problem? If so, what’s behind it? And what can we do to stop it?

On Dec. 12, KNX News will gather a panel of experts to discuss the issue at our town hall, “Smash & Grab: Stealing the Season.”

Guests include:

Todd Spitzer, Orange County District Attorney

Marc Beeart, director of fraud & corruption prosecutions at the LA County District Attorney Office

Lt. Sergio Perez, commander of the California Highway Patrol’s retail theft task force

Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law & society at the UC Irvine School of Social Ecology

Tinisch Hollins, Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice

Tune in for “Smash & Grab: Stealing the Season” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Panelists are subject to change.