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Railroads in Los Angeles County, California, where shipping companies said they had seen a spike in railroad robberies.

Some of the empty boxes lying on railroad tracks belong to UPS, Amazon and FedEx.

For its part, Union Pacific, one of the largest rail companies in the United States, said it may avoid working in Los Angeles County after the escalation of thefts, which it blamed on a lack of prosecution of criminals. She added that the containers and trains are closed, but they can be stormed.
This comes after Union Pacific said last month in a letter to the Los Angeles Attorney General that it had seen a 160 percent year-on-year increase in thefts across Los Angeles County, according to CNN, which was seen by Al

The company claimed that a December 2020 special directive from Attorney General George Gascon that changed how crimes were prosecuted and was too lax - had contributed to an increase in burglaries.

In its letter, Union Pacific indicated that in the last three months of the year it arrested more than 100 active criminals who sabotaged its trains, in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department.

But Union Pacific, which has its own police department with jurisdiction over 32,000 miles of trails it owns, said that even as it expands its security resources and cooperates more closely with local law enforcement, the problem won't go away. She added that after the arrest of some individuals, they are released within 24 hours.

The crime is linked to the increase in poverty that has risen during the pandemic. Directives from the county attorney general were intended to combat the social ills that come from misdemeanor convictions, such as difficulties in employment, housing, education, government benefits, and immigration.

"Studies show that the prosecution of crimes that drive the bulk of misdemeanour cases has minor, or even negative, long-term effects on public safety," Gascon said when the directive was issued.

In turn, special counsel for the Los Angeles District Attorney Alex Bastian commented: "Some of the cases in which Union Pacific has filed allegations with the Attorney General's Office, such as burglary and grand theft crimes, have been moved, while others have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence."

He added, "We are making indictments based on the evidence, and we take the railway company's concerns seriously, and this matter will be discussed further in the coming weeks."

For its part, the American Railroad Association expressed concern about the increase in crime.

"In coordination with local law and federal law enforcement partners where necessary, the industry is committed to pursuing all necessary avenues to address this criminal behavior," spokesman Ted Greiner said in a statement.
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