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Homeless drug addict, assaulting Sacramento homeowner. (Photo: screen capture, Sacramento Ring video)

California Families Hire Private Security as Crime Tsunami Overwhelms Local Police

‘We don’t feel safe in our neighborhood, and we have an alarm and cameras on our property’

By Katy Grimes, October 22, 2021 7:38 am

More than 150 San Francisco families fed up with the escalating crime in the City by the Bay have hired their own private security to patrol their streets, says a report in Western Journal. Police say they are overwhelmed by escalating crime in residential areas.

“A number of residents in the misgoverned city’s Marina District told KPIX-TV that their beachfront neighborhood has seen a rash of burglaries and car break-ins in recent months. In response, they’re paying a police-commissioned Patrol Special Officer named Alan Byard to check in on them throughout the night.”

My downtown Sacramento neighborhood was forced to do this over 5 years ago. Almost simultaneously as Sacramento police were ordered to stop responding to “petty theft” crimes, homeless-related crime, vagrancy, and drug issues exploded in the Capitol City.

I live in the neighborhood, and have participated in the private security since the inception. And the issues in San Francisco and Sacramento are almost identical. The Sacramento Bee even did a story in 2017 on our neighborhood’s decision to hire private security.

As Western Journal explained, “A woman in the neighborhood identified as Katie Lyons told the outlet that alarms and cameras have failed to deter criminals — many of whom have been seen breaking into cars in broad daylight — and that hiring private security was out of necessity.”

This home Ring video from a Sacramento neighbor shows what happens in broad daylight.

Homeless drug addict, assaulting Sacramento homeowner. (Photo: screen capture, Sacramento Ring video)

“Shut up b*tch. Shut up your b*tch a** b*tch,”the tweaking vagrant tells the voice recording warning him that he is being recorded. “Who you talkin too b*tch?”he says before he starts beating on her door and windows with a large broken stick.

The homeowner said, “This guy attacked my Ring doorbell for no reason. I confronted him and he tried to assault me, but only managed to kill my jade plant. The police response was quick, but they didn’t find him. Felony charges have been filed.”

““We don’t feel safe in our neighborhood,” Lyons told Western Journal. “And we have an alarm, we have cameras on our property, but we want the extra security of having someone have eyes on our place.”

We also have an alarm, cameras, and big loud dogs, which are a deterrent, but when facing drug addicted, mentally ill people wandering residential neighborhoods looking for anything to steal, we are not dealing with rational, thinking people.

Sacramento homeless living on X Street. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

The Globe reported in June on California’s most dangerous cities, violent crimes and property crime in California showing it is above the national average and continues to climb according to the FBI. Few California cities have been spared the ongoing impacts of rising crime.

Most interesting is this FBI graph showing how crime in California had dropped, then began to rise again after 2014 – the year Proposition 47 was passed, and then Proposition 57 in 2016.

FBI Violent Crime Offenses. (Photo: FBI.gov)

Proposition 47 largely decriminalized theft and drug crimes by reducing those crimes and a number of other supposedly “non-violent” felonies to misdemeanors, and misdemeanors down to citations; Prop. 57 allows early release for “non-violent offenders,” including rape by intoxication of an unconscious person, human trafficking involving a sex act with minors, arson causing great bodily harm, drive-by shooting, assault with a deadly weapon, and hostage taking.

As we just reported, in San Francisco 12 Walgreen stores have already closed and Walgreens announced they will close the remaining 5 stores, and the Target on Mission Street is about to close amid the shoplifting wave.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed attributed the closings to demographic shifts, rather than to the obvious crime wave, the Globe reported. Sacramento’s Mayor Darrell Steinberg won’t even acknowledge the crime wave with residents, but did order police not to respond to homeless calls unless there is violence. Steinberg instead offers concierge services to the criminal, drug-addicted vagrants, along with motel and hotel rooms, tiny homes, and designated parking lots (near a city park) for those who live in RVs and cars, effectively inviting more to the Capitol City.

Notably, as the Globe reported recently, Sacramento’s new homeless shelter has moved 26 transients off the street, touting this as a “success” and “making a difference.” Sacramento has 11,000 homeless transients, and increasing commensurate crime rates.

Sacramento homeless tent camp, X Street. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)
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27 thoughts on “California Families Hire Private Security as Crime Tsunami Overwhelms Local Police

  1. The citizens who have to hire security should be suing their cities for tax refunds, what the heck are they paying for?

  2. The FORMERLY “Golden State”….

    Just glad I have the memories I do from when this place was paradise…now, not so much…. thanks Democraps…

  3. Public awareness reached critical mass more than two years ago about what is really going on with the homeless/vagrants —- that almost all in the tents and wandering around our neighborhoods are drug addicts, alcoholic, and mentally ill, with addiction most likely a major contributor to the mental illness. This larger public awareness and knowledge was a huge breakthrough then, I thought, because you might recall that previously most taxpaying citizens were guilt-ridden, confused, and in the dark about the issue. (Major credit to Katy Grimes et al at The Globe for their excellent and rare coverage of this topic, by the way.)

    Under better circumstances — i.e., the rule of law well in place, not to mention common-sense politicians and earnest non-profits —- we should have seen a dramatic improvement in this situation by now. Plenty of solutions have been put out there, God knows. But nooooo……. too many of the above-named are PROFITING from this completely unacceptable situation. If anything, they’d like to put MORE vagrant drug addicts on the street and create MORE nightmares for us, and for them. Sen Scott Wiener is still looking to legalize hallucinogens, for God’s sake! If, at this point, we are unable to vote to throw all the bums out, it will only get worse and worse and worse. Absolutely beyond infuriating.

    1. Awww Gee whiz. Gettin what you deserve good and hard are ya? Poor babies. Keep voting for your Demorats. No matter how stupid or corrupt they are, it’s better than voting Republican! Right!

  4. I don’t feel sorry for these residents in the least. They all voted these Democrats in office who created this problem, and voted against the recall of Gavin Newsom. Newsom just put more gasoline on this dumpster fire by signing a bill to eliminate minimum penalties for drug related offenses. And in the next election, these people will vote for Democrats again. And then they will complain some more about the crime. Live with it, idiots!

  5. No doubt that Democrat Sacramento City Council member Katie Valenzuela who represents downtown Sacramento District 4 is too busy promoting leftist initiatives like “climate change” and “equity” to be bothered with the out of control crime and homelessness in her district? Valenzuela probably has a private security detail protecting her and her property that is paid for by Sacramento taxpayers?

  6. It sounds like the government has for practical purposes taken sides, and the side they have taken is with the drug addicts and other criminals.

    Since the police apparently refuse to help innocent people, but will arrest victims who respond to criminals with violence, they are firmly in the criminals side.

    So what happens to a society when the law-abiding middle class decides for their own reasons that Antifa is correct? Cops protect the criminals, but will arrest the victims for doing the police’ job because the police won’t.

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been more violence by victims, but I guess they are self-hating Democrats.

  7. There is nothing so satisfying as seeing fools reap the consequences of their own foolishness. I’m curious how far they must fall to reach rock bottom, where they realize how wrong they were all along and take the necessary measures to take their neighborhoods back from the barbarians.

  8. I left SoCal after 20 years because of two mass evictions after my apartments were sold to speculators. I wouldn’t move back even for free. What was tolerable got bad, then worse, and it will only get worse.

  9. Californians deserve this, and more. I have less than zero sympathy for them and am looking forward to reading about big body counts and essentially no retail stores in the state.

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