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.
“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.
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.
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.