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When shopping for household goods, clothing or groceries at Walmart, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is crime. Yet, the megastore chain faces numerous instances of crime at its various properties on any given day. Bloomberg Businessweek journalists Shannon Pettypiece and David Voreacos investigate the excessive crime rate at the superstore and look at how Walmart’s profit-driven security choices led to this issue. They also bring much-needed attention to the burden that Walmart places on local police departments, which have to respond to incident after incident. getAbstract recommends this revealing article to shoppers, community advocates, retail workers and those interested in corporate responsibility.

About the Authors

Shannon Pettypiece is a reporter for Bloomberg News, and David Voreacos is a corporate and political misdeeds reporter for Bloomberg News.



In a windowless room at the back of a Walmart Supercenter in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a young man sits opposite police officer Darrell Ross. The 18-year-old found himself there after store employees caught him trying to shoplift a microwave. The boy’s day is over, but for Ross, the day is just beginning. Before the end of the policeman’s 10-hour shift at Walmart, he will have to deal with many more shoplifters, drunks and aggressive people.

Walmart has a major crime problem. In 2015, Tulsa police attended nearly 2,000 callouts to four Walmarts, whereas they ...

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