Regarding San Francisco's Epic Crime Wave
If you ever watch Fox News then you'll know that San Francisco has everything that is wrong with America today. Possibly the worst thing about San Francisco is that it refuses to punish criminals for any misdeed, and this has led to a complete break-down of society that can only be compared to Afghanistan, Somalia and the Road Warrior.
“I’m scared — the amount of lawlessness now is astounding,” one senior Wall Street executive told On The Money. “Violence is a huge topic of discussion at our bank.” This person, who isn’t with JPM, says their colleagues are “pleading” with their bosses and begging not to be sent to San Francisco out of concern for their personal safety.
“People were upset about crime in San Francisco before the pandemic — now this smash-and-grab is a whole new level of mayhem,” another Wall Street executive added.
On Russian Hill Tuesday, tired of being victims, people met to consider the cost for some peace of mind.
Someone at the meeting said people know they can come to San Francisco to steal and assault with no consequences.
It isn't just Russian Hill. It's the Marina district as well.
“This year, I’ve gotten a lot more calls and a lot more emails and increased clients people in the marina a basically scared about what’s going on they see your TV radio reports on social media and they don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods so that’s why I have been contacted,” Alan Byard said.
I'm sure glad that I don't live in San Francisco. The people there must be terrified all the time.
Oh wait. I do live there. I have lived in SF for nearly 30 years.
The city I live in doesn't sound anything like this. If anything San Francisco is MUCH safer than it was when I first moved here.
OK. First of all, anyone that lives in SF will smirk at those two neighborhoods hiring private security, because those are two of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the entire country. They are a far cry from being the most dangerous parts of The City.
The quote about people seeing "TV reports on social media" is also telling. Some people will believe what is on their TV over what their own lying eyes tell them.
BTW, as for San Francisco being more dangerous than 98% of the cities in America, I followed that article back to its source (it's a real estate site). Oakland, where my job is, ranks as the #1 most dangerous city in America.
Both SF and Oakland are supposedly "more dangerous" than Detroit, Baltimore, and Camden. LOL.
Let's talk about shoplifting, which has been the source for endless fodder on Fox News since September.
Bay Area businesses are concerned about a wave of retail crime in San Francisco, with shocking video of coordinated robberies making headlines around the world.
But data from the San Francisco Police Department tells an oddly different story, reporters at the San Francisco Chronicle found.
The Chronicle took a closer look at that spike and discovered that 154 of the roughly 400 reports of shoplifting that month were attributed to an intersection in front of a Target in the Metreon Mall — roughly three blocks away from Union Square.
When asked by the Chronicle whether there had been a spree of incidents at that Target, the store manager Stacy Abbot said no.
SFPD replicated the Chronicle's findings. Obviously this is darn near impossible, so what changed? The store had started using a phone-reporting system to report incidents.
So Walgreens announced around the same time that they were closing stores in San Francisco specifically because of the organized lawlessness.
Target said the same thing.
Except that once again, the actual data doesn't support it.
One of the stores set to close, on Ocean Avenue, had only seven reported shoplifting incidents this year and a total of 23 since 2018, the data showed. While not all shoplifting incidents are reported to police, the five stores slated to close had fewer than two recorded shoplifting incidents a month on average since 2018.
So what's going on? Why are we being fed a load of bullsh*t.
There's two reasons for it.
The lesser reason is the economic.
Big-business lobbies and law enforcement officials appear to be using these outlier incidents to greatly exaggerate the scope of the problem...
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data, the number of reported shoplifting offenses dropped 18 percent between 2019 and 2020, the last year for which full data is available...While the average value of shoplifted items has ticked up over the last decade (likely due to a confluence of factors), the actual number of shoplifting incidents in America is falling. The FBI reported in September that overall larceny rates across the U.S. have plummeted to lows not seen since the 1960s.
But the larger reason is political.
Speaker Pelosi and VP Harris are both from San Francisco, so I guess this shouldn't be a surprise.
To add to this political slant is the new district attorney.
When Chesa Boudin ran for San Francisco district attorney in 2019, he said crime was caused by poverty, wealth inequality and inadequate government spending on social programs. He called prostitution, open drug use and drug dealing “victimless crimes” and promised not to prosecute them. The result has been an increase in crime so sharp that San Francisco’s liberal residents are now paying for private security guards, taking self-defense classes, and supporting a recall of Mr. Boudin, with a vote set for June 2022.
Yes, Boudin and his radical leftist policies of not prosecuting criminals is directly responsible for this crime wave.
And like the crime wave, the data backs it up.
Support for him was never overwhelming, but the promises he made during his campaign — not criminalizing poverty, focusing on economic advancement for the marginalized — were enough to win him the election.
His short tenure has, at times, felt a bit disorganized and chaotic, but his record is pretty much as advertised. The Chronicle did a deep dive into Boudin’s work and found that his rape and narcotics charging rates are higher than his predecessor’s.
...San Francisco had become a lawless place, they said. Sure, there was a bump in San Francisco’s homicides, 41 to 48 from 2019 to 2020, with 46 so far this year — but overall violent crime is far lower than what city residents endured from 1970 to 1990.
So the data reflects what I remember, but the politics say the opposite.
Many on the right say that "the facts don't care about your feelings", when what they really mean is "my feelings don't care about your facts."