Currently in the United States there is a homelessness crisis that is evolving into homeless encampments getting larger and springing up in more and more areas. Much of this has to do with the terrible economy and new laws that allow for this such as squatting laws and such things. This seems to be happening mainly in parts of California and Illinois but is certainly beginning to happen elsewhere as well. An interesting development with these homeless encampments is that they are banding together to form roving gangs of shoplifters who work together.
Retailers in the impacted areas are in the process of trying to implement new security measures to combat this trend, this is likely futile however. A friend put it best “The homeless, the downtrodden, the oppressed. Our allies and recruiting pools for sure, but also a vast amount of asymmetric minds angry and ready to attack the system in ways we would never be able to conceive of our own volition.” How this plays out long term will certainly be interesting and is just another nail in the coffin for the System. Cities turning into dystopian crime war-zones. Of course we are not complaining one bit about this.
This has been coming for a long time now and will be greatly exacerbated by the economic turmoil we are currently in.