America’s Small Businesses Suffering From Crime

A January poll conducted by the Job Creators Network Foundation found that almost one-third of small business employers suffer from crime and that it has raised everyday business costs, according to the Daily Caller.

Approximately 31% of small businesses surveyed responded that neighborhood crime has increased expenses and added to costs due to hiring extra security to protect inventory from being stolen.

Employers in western states were hit the hardest, with 35% responding they were impacted by crime.

Eastern cities are not immune from the problem. In Memphis, TN, for example, rampant crime is creating a big problem for small businesses and the Memphis economy, according to WREG.

Over half of businesses with $100,000 to $250,000 in revenue per year (53%) said neighborhood crime has increased business costs. Almost half of businesses with less than $100,000 per year in revenue (47%) said the same.

President of the Job Creators Network Foundation Elaine Parker told the Daily Caller, “With historic inflation over the past three years, other challenges facing Main Street employers have often not been top of mind.”

“Lawlessness on the streets of American cities is one example,” Parker continued. “The findings should emphasize to lawmakers that soft-on-crime policies have a significant spillover effect on the economy.”

A mere 22% of small business employers responding to the poll said that Biden’s job performance has helped small businesses. A whopping 77% responded it has negatively affected business.

Almost two-thirds of respondents said Bidenomics has been bad for the economy and their businesses. Less than a third said it has been good.

The national poll surveyed 400 small business employers and was conducted between January 3 and 29. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%.

The message is clear, while Wall Street indexes are breaking record highs, Main Street is suffering. There is an obvious disconnect between the coastal elites and the heartland.

In 2023, Democrat-run Washington D.C. was on the verge of breaking a record too. It reached 200 homicides before October for the first time since 1997.

Other Democrat-run cities, including Portland and Chicago, witnessed a crime spike beginning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trend of rising crime continues.

On the West Coast, businesses have closed down in places like ultra-liberal San Francisco because of crime and drug use.

Small businesses are the pulse of America. From the looks of it, the country is on the verge of a heart attack.

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