Chicago woman business owner says she’s leaving the city’s criminal downtown for the suburbs

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‘We’re sitting ducks’: Women business owners flee crime-stricken Chicago for the suburbs after lawlessness increases downtown – and blame Mayor Lori Lightfoot for doing nothing about it this subject

  • Women business owners consider leaving downtown Chicago due to spike in crime
  • They say they want to move to suburbs that have ‘better funded’ police departments
  • Robberies are up 20% in Chicago from 2021, with robberies up 36% and overall crime up 35%.
  • Teresa Ging, who owns a bakery in the town, said she felt like a ‘sitting duck’ in the area after being forced to confront a man who tried to steal a handbag

Women business owners in Chicago are considering leaving the crime-ridden downtown and taking their businesses to the suburbs after a wave of lawlessness.

Teresa Ging, owner of a bakery in the town, said she felt like a “sitting duck” in the area after being forced to confront a man who had tried to steal a handbag.

His store, Sugar Bliss on South Wabash Avenue in Chicago, was targeted by the lone man around 10:20 a.m. Friday.

He vandalized her counter before brazenly grabbing a bag while she had a meeting – but she got it back before calling the police.

However, officers showed up 40 minutes later, so she sent an angry email to Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticizing the police force and demanding more be done to protect local businesses.

She also addressed her concern to Alderman Brendan Reilly but has yet to receive a response from them.

Speaking to CBS, Ging said, “We’re basically sitting ducks.” He entered through the front door of our store and then proceeded to the cash register.

Teresa Ging, owner of a bakery in the city, said she felt like a “sitting duck” in the area after being forced to confront a man who tried to steal a handbag at 10.20am on Friday. She had hosted a ‘Women in Business’ meeting at the time

Uzma Sharif, owner of Chocolat Uzma, said Chicago is worse than

Uzma Sharif, owner of Chocolat Uzma, said Chicago is worse than “Gotham” because at least the fictional city “has Batman.” She says she is considering moving to the suburbs because the alternative is to hire a ’24/7 security guard’ for her store

“It happened very quickly, but I feel like it’s sad to say I’m numb to it, it happens at least once a month.

Uzma Sharif, owner of Chocolat Uzma on South Halsted Street in Pilsen, is also considering moving after a burglary last year and a friend’s car was robbed a few blocks from her shop.

She said, “We can’t live like this. The city has become – I would even say, Gotham City is a bit better, because you have Batman.

‘Here you don’t have Batman. I go where they have well-funded police departments and where they want us to do business. It will be DuPage or Will County.

“It’s happening everywhere – and that’s my concern. Unless I hire a 24/7 security guard to stand outside my door, this is my only option.

Both women feel city leaders aren’t paying enough attention to small business safety and are now considering moving to areas with no police shortages.

Robberies are up 20% in Chicago from 2021 as local businesses notice the change in their previously quiet and safe neighborhood.

The women say the numbers are even bigger when you consider that the majority of business owners in the region are women.

Sugar Bliss on South Wabash Avenue in Chicago was targeted by the lone man around 10:20 a.m. Friday.  He vandalized Ging's counter before brazenly grabbing a bag while she had a meeting - but she got it back before calling the police

Sugar Bliss on South Wabash Avenue in Chicago was targeted by the lone man around 10:20 a.m. Friday. He vandalized Ging’s counter before brazenly grabbing a bag while she had a meeting – but she got it back before calling the police

Police officers showed up 40 minutes later, so she sent an angry email to Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticizing the police force and demanding more be done to protect local businesses.

Police officers showed up 40 minutes later, so she sent an angry email to Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticizing the police force and demanding more be done to protect local businesses.

In August alone, the Chicago Police Department is issuing three warnings to businesses about potential incidents of burglary and crimes of distraction – as well as armed robbery.

Police are urging businesses to “stay alert” to commercial burglaries and armed robberies, and to “remain calm” when confronted by brazen criminals.

A 7/11 and Dunkin Donuts were both targeted by a man armed with a black handgun, while police encouraged businesses to search for a man claiming to be a city hall carbon monoxide inspector.

It comes amid concern over a rise in crime in Chicago in general, with three law enforcement officers shot dead in a single week in June.

Overall, crime in Chicago is up 35% since last year, despite a 16% drop in shootings.

There were 952 reported shootings during the same period this year, compared to 1,135 in 2021.

Reports of robberies, felony sexual assaults and theft-related crimes have all increased, while reported murders have decreased.

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