Target has recently announced that it will be closing nine of its stores located in major cities across the United States. The company cited violence and theft as the main factors for the closures, pointing out that the problems have drastically increased over recent months. The affected stores are located in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, and San Diego. Target states that the stores will close at the end of June this year. An exact date for the closures has yet to be announced. Though Target did not specifically state which locations were going to be shut down, it did confirm that the stores were in high-traffic areas and were opened to capitalize on high levels of customer traffic. In a statement, the company explained, “We have monitored the frequency of acts of violence and theft, which have risen in the last few months, and our decision is to close nine store locations.” The news of the closures has caused many customers to take to social media to vent their frustrations. However, Target has also been receiving support for its decision to close the stores, with many users commending the company’s move. The company’s decision to close the stores is just one of the many steps that Target is taking in order to ensure the safety of its customers. Other safety measures include hiring additional security personnel; enforcing a stricter no-tolerance policy towards theft; increasing surveillance in stores; and increasing the presence of police officers in public areas. Target has reiterated that despite the closures, it will still be providing its customers with the same level of access to its products and services. Along with this, the company has stated that it will make efforts to ensure the safety of both its customers and employees. Though the announcement of the closures has caused some alarm among the public, it is clear that Target is taking the necessary steps to ensure both customer and employee safety. While it is a necessary but tough decision to close the stores, Target is doing what is necessary to better protect consumers from violence and theft while continuing to provide its customers with a quality service.