SAN FRANCISCO, CA – During the month of November alone, the police-defunded city of San Francisco saw more than 3,000 vehicle burglaries.
And there is no end to the dramatic numbers of vehicle burglaries in sight.
3) San Francisco Police Sgt. Matt Parra says DA’s Office is too lenient on criminals.
He heads a team of undercover cops tasked w/ tackling car-break-ins in SF’s hardest hit areas.He says 1 out of 2 people his team arrests is someone they’ve recently arrested for similar crimes. pic.twitter.com/He5BswAmSL
— Bigad Shaban (@BigadShaban) December 3, 2021
Data collected from the San Francisco Police Department show the large number of thefts that were reported in the city during the month of November. Most of those thefts were from vehicle burglaries.
Areas that tourists visit are hot spots for criminals breaking into vehicles and taking what they want, and those criminals do not seem to care if there are any witnesses or cameras in the area.
The vehicle burglaries are so common that people are warning others not to rent vehicles in San Francisco.
San Francisco Patrol Special Officer Alan Byard was asked about the rising trend in vehicle burglaries, and he said:
“It’s out of control. We have people that are doing this – are breaking into cars in Nob Hill, then they go down to Fisherman’s Wharf, then they come out here. Then they go to another part of the city and the police can’t chase the cars, it’s considered a misdemeanor…I come out here every night and I see a new piles of glass.”
San Francisco Sees 3,000 Car Break-Ins in 1 Month; ‘It’s Out of Control’ https://t.co/a0nMl0BWT8
— California Rebel Base (@CARebelBase) December 9, 2021
Aileen McAllister, who lives in the Marina which is one of the tourist hot spots for vehicle burglaries said:
“I’ve always seen a lot of glass here so it’s no surprise it’s been going on for years. I’ve lived here in the 90s and my car has been broken into actually, not as of late, it was probably in the last 20 years, broken into twice.”
In July, vehicle burglaries had increased in some areas of the city by a whopping 700%. A lot of the people who are being victimized are tourists like Kaitlin Lore, who was victimized. She told KPIX 5:
“Sucky end to our vacation but what can we do?”
Another victim, Ashtynn Wilhite, a professional photographer, was a victim after she had parked her car in front of the Painted Ladies on September 21st. Wilhite had been going through the area taking professional photos of a couple who had recently been engaged.
Wilhite said her vehicle had only been parked in the location for roughly thirty minutes before someone smashed in the vehicle windows and made off with $15,000 of professional photo equipment and a hard drive which contained wedding photos. Wilhite said:
“We had such a phenomenal day there, and all of a sudden it was just ripped away.”
1) It’s time to talk about why so much of San Francisco is covered in broken glass.
Car break-ins hit SF at about 3X the rate of Dallas & LA.
19k+ car burglaries reported so far this year.
Some call it the “SF tax,” so why are so many of us paying the price?
🚗 🔨⛓ pic.twitter.com/alYr5Z38ST
— Bigad Shaban (@BigadShaban) December 3, 2021
Wilhite said that she was in shock and dropped to her knees and cried when she realized she had been the victim of a vehicle burglary. She said:
“[I] immediately went into shock. Somebody stole our stuff.”
To add insult to injury, Wilhite called the police to report the incident and instead of having an officer respond, she was directed to call 311 and to file a police report online.
Not satisfied with that answer, Wilhite went to a nearby San Francisco Police substation in attempts to file the report only to be turned away again and told to complete the report online. She said:
“This kind of stuff doesn’t really happen where we’re from. If something like this did happen, the police would be more intrigued to help. But in San Francisco, they’re like this happens every day, sucks to suck. There’s really nothing they can do, it’s such a big city.”
Business owners are worried, as they should be, that word of the rampant crime in the city will drive down tourism which means their businesses will suffer. One tourism operator, who did not wish to be named, said:
“It’s already affecting business. The sad part is the tourists have a great trip and then what happens is they go home and say our city is a [expletive].”
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On Sunday, November 21st, Walnut Creek police said that three people were arrested, including one who was in possession of a firearm, after an organized theft involving nearly 80 people at a Nordstrom store in the city’s downtown shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th.
Police said that Nordstrom employees began calling 911 when dozens of people stormed the store and immediately stole merchandise. Two employees were assaulted and one was pepper-sprayed. Police have since reviewed surveillance to identify additional suspects.
Videos posted to social media show some of the suspects fleeing the scene in cars parked outside the store.
Other Bay Area cities have also been targeted in what police are saying are coordinated group thefts, including at numerous high-end stores in San Francisco on Friday, November 19th and at Iceberg Diamonds, a jewelry store inside the Sun Valley Mall in Concord on November 15th.
At a news conference on Saturday, November 20th, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said:
“We will do what we need to do to put an end to this madness.”
Scott said police arrested six men and two women described as young adults in connection with the thefts from November 19th and recovered two guns and thousands of dollars in merchandise.
Scott added that he is confident more arrests will be made and that some of the people suspected in the thefts are “familiar” to the police department.
Scott said that during a four-hour window starting Friday, November 19th at 8 p.m., thieves burglarized Louis Vuitton on Union Square, Burberry and Bloomingdale’s in the Westfield Mall, Yves Saint Laurent on Geary Street, Walgreens on Market Street, and multiple cannabis dispensaries across the city. Scott said in a statement:
“We take this personally. This is our city. We are not going to allow people to come in and continue to do this in our city.”
Concord police released a video showing nine people entering Iceberg Diamonds jewelry store in the Sun Valley Mall with hammers and smashing glass displays to steal items. The department said in a news release:
“Employees tried to intervene and we kept back by the hammer wielding criminals. The suspects got away before police arrived.”
In Hayward, looters struck again on the evening of November 21st with smash-and-grab thieves hitting the Southland Mall and suspects taking merchandise from a Lululemon store in San Jose. Hayward police said they responded around 5:30 p.m. to multiple calls from stores in Southland Mall.
Witnesses said a large mob of people caused a huge disturbance inside the mall, with some briefly taking over a jewelry store. Witnesses described some 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers and other tools, breaking glass cases and quickly feeling from Sam’s Jewelers.
Witnesses said this was the tail end of a much scarier and bigger scene. One witness who declined to identify themselves, said:
“I would say at least 30 to 40 [people] from what I saw. But then after the main group of kids rushed out, we saw 15 to 20 scattering, some even came back in.”
Meanwhile in San Jose, police said that at approximately 6:30 p.m. on November 21st, a group of suspects entered the Lululemon store in Santana Row and took merchandise. They fled prior to police arriving. It marked the third straight day a large mob of robbers have gone after retailers in the Bay Area.
City leaders and shoppers stated that they are worried about the growing trend of mass robberies around the Bay Area as police continue to look for the majority of the 80 or so suspects responsible for the looting. Mohini Soodan, a regular customer at Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, said:
“I hope this doesn’t happen because this is not safe for the community and all of us want to be in a safer neighborhood. We have family around.”
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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