Scared residents have hired private security in police-defunded city where DA is protecting criminals


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Property crimes have spiked in San Francisco so much that numerous residents have hired private security to help keep their neighborhoods safe.

Exacerbating the problem are politicians who continue to defund police and a city district attorney who is reportedly reluctant to prosecute criminals.

Perhaps the reluctance of DA Chesa Boudin is rooted in the fact that both of his parents were members of a radical group and incarcerated for many years due to their crimes. 

60 Minutes reported that Boudin’s parents were far-left activists who were members of the Weather Underground group that deployed violence to enact social change.

Both of Boudin’s parents were imprisoned for their part in a fatal heist. Boudin’s mother served for 22 years, and his father is still incarcerated, according to the report.

Residents of San Francisco no longer feel safe in their city and feel that criminals are running amok with no fear of consequences.

Daily Mail reported that more than 150 families have hired patrol special officers to monitor the neighborhood. The officers are overseen by the police commissioner. This year, at least 15,000 vehicles in the city have been broken into and there has also been an increase in other crimes.

Between May 2020 and May 2021, there was a 753 percent increase in the car break-ins in the city’s Central District, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Comparing crimes reports in San Francisco from August 2021 to the previous year shows that there were increases in larceny theft, theft from vehicles and arson of 8 percent, 13 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Reports of robbery and aggravated assault increased by 15 and 35 percent, according to Daily Mail’s report.

Residents no longer feel safe in a city that used to be uneventful in terms of crime.

Longtime resident Allan Brown, who has lived in the Marina District area for nearly 20 years, told Daily Mail that crime has worsened recently:

‘This place used to be – nothing would ever happen here.”

Another concerned resident of the Marina District neighborhood, Katie Lyons, told CBS San Francisco:

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

Lyons told CBS that she has to be careful when outside, even during the daytime:

“Especially at night, I don’t walk with a purse. I’ll drive, or I’ll take an Uber, and it’s beginning to become a daytime problem too.”

Lyons also said she frequently finds evidence of stolen property, such as discarded luggage, by her home.

One person who has been hired by Marina District residents to help keep them safe is Officer Alan Byard. He has served as a special patrol officer since 1977 and worked in the Marina District since 2009.

Byard, who was hired to patrol the Marina District neighborhood from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., told Daily Mail that his clientele has has more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic affected the city.

Last year, Byard had 70 clients. This year he has 150 households, and each one pays him $65 a month. He said:

“People are afraid of what’s been going on. They want a safe place to raise their kids. In the last year, I’ve had 10 of my clients move out of the city.”

Byard says he searches the neighborhood for suspicious people and often deals with homeless people sleeping on residents’ doorsteps and incidents of petty theft and burglary.

Byard said that when he sees a crime during his patrol, he reports the incident to the San Francisco Police Department dispatch, takes action and makes an arrest, if necessary.

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The officer has offered some commonsense suggestions to residents:

“The best way for residents to be safer when it’s dark is to walk in pairs.

“Install good, bright lighting around your home as well as cameras and be aware of your surroundings at all times instead of looking down at your cell phone when walking.

“Try not to leave your garage door open too long. Thieves are walking by or driving by and looking into your place. Secure your garage door with a deadbolt made for garage doors and use it.”

Residents aren’t the only ones paying for more security to protect their lives and property.

National pharmacy chain Walgreens has claimed it spends 46 times as much on its security at San Francisco stores than at its other locations throughout the U.S.

Now, Walgreens has closed several stores within San Francisco due to the increased crime in the city. The chain also plans to close five more.

Daily Mail reported:

“Amid the crime spree, national pharmacy chain Walgreens has closed 17 of its 70 San Francisco locations in the past two years, citing shelf raiders who have swiped every kind of product not behind lock and key.

“The retailer claims it needs to shutter five additional stores in the city because the soft laws on shoplifting have led to rampant theft.”

According to the report, Mayor London Breed disputed the company’s argument, claiming that Walgreens was simply trying to slash costs and increase profits while using retail theft as a scapegoat. Daily Mail noted:

“She recently told reporters that she thinks ‘there are other factors that come into play’ and San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston tweeted that the pharmacy chain has ‘long-planned to close hundreds of locations.’

“But the pharmacy chain insists that San Francisco’s rampant crime is to blame, revealing it spends 46 times as much on security at its city stores, which face five times as many shoplifting incidents compared with those elsewhere in the country.”

Last month, Breed and San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott reportedly announced the city would dedicate more police to combat retail shoplifting and make reporting of shoplifting cases easier.

However, Daily Mail reported that two top prosecutors who recently quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office claimed DA Chesa Boudin lacks a “commitment to prosecuting crimes.”

Prosecutor Brooke Jenkins told NBC she believed that DA Boudin made it impossible for her to do her job:

“Chesa has a radical approach that involves not charging crime in the first place and simply releasing individuals with no rehabilitation and putting them in positions where they are simply more likely to re-offend.

“Being an African American and Latino woman, I would wholeheartedly agree that the criminal justice system needs a lot of work, but when you are a district attorney, your job is to have balance.”

Jenkins also confirmed to NBC that she believed Boudin was actually making San Francisco more dangerous despite being the city’s top law enforcement officer, saying:

“Yes. Public safety is not his focus. The needs and the rights of victims are being ignored, and that is the problem here.”

Prosecutor Don Du Bain, who also resigned from the office, alleged that Boudin “disregards the laws that he doesn’t like, and he disregards the court decisions that he doesn’t like to impose his own version of what he believes is just – and that’s not the job of the district attorney.”

Du Bain added:

“The office was headed in such the wrong direction that the best thing I could do was to join the effort to recall Chesa Boudin as district attorney.”

Both prosecutors have joined the effort to recall their former boss, who they say should be fired.

NBC obtained documents that showed 51 attorneys have either left or been fired since Boudin was elected into office, representing about 1/3 of the DA’s prosecutors.

Daily Mail noted the number of signatures needed for the effort to recall Boudin may spell trouble for the DA:

“An effort to recall the city’s ultra-woke DA Chesa Boudin appears to have succeeded, with more than 80,000 signatures collected — far above the 51,000 needed to launch next June’s recall election that could see him replaced.

“Those names are now being verified, with two of Boudin’s own prosecutors sensationally resigning Sunday after blasting him for making their city more dangerous.”

San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya also criticized Boudin, telling Daily Mail:

“Police are the bad guys, and the bad guys are the good guys in the mind of a progressive.

“Chesa’s good at the blame game. We’re going to call him Mr. Deflector because he’s always pointing the finger left or right and never at the man in the mirror.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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