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San Francisco families are hiring PRIVATE SECURITY to patrol streets amid crime spike

San Francisco residents hired private security to patrol their streets amid a huge property crime spike that has left many people feeling unsafe in their community.

More than 150 families have hired the Patrol Special Officers – who are overseen by the police commissioner – to monitor the neighborhood.

‘We don’t feel safe in our neighborhood,’ Katie Lyons, resident of the Marina District neighborhood, told CBS San Francisco. ‘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 said that she, like many other residents, is cautious about walking around outside.

‘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,’ she shared. 

She also said it is not uncommon for stolen property, such as emptied luggage, to be discarded right outside her home. 

Lyons spoke as it was revealed 15,000 cars have been broken into in San Francisco this year. 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 residents hired private security to patrol their streets amid a huge property crime spike that has left many people feeling unsafe in their community (Pictured: Brazen smash-and-grab in San Francisco last week) 

Marina District resident Katie Lyons (pictured) says she no longer feels safe in her community

Marina District resident Katie Lyons (pictured) says she no longer feels safe in her community

Officer Alan Byard, who was hired to patrol the Marina District from 8pm to 5am, shared that his clients has more than doubled since COVID hit the city, from 70 last year to 150 now, with each household paying him $65-a-month. 

‘People are afraid of what’s been going on,’ the officer said. ‘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.’ 

He says he searches the neighborhood for suspicious people. 

While he most often deals with homeless people sleeping on residents’ doorsteps, Byard has also addressed incidents of petty theft and burglary. 

He has served as a Special Patrol officer since 1977 and worked in the Marina District since 2009, he told DailyMail.com Monday.

If he sees a crime unfolding while on patrol Byard reports the incident to the San Francisco Police Department dispatch, takes action and makes an arrest, if necessary. 

He offered several precautions that residents can take to be safer at night or when walking alone.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.’    

San Francisco has been hit hard by a spat of what officials are calling organized car break-ins. 

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

Last week, two unidentified individuals wearing hooded jackets were caught on amateur video during a brazen ‘smash-and-grab’ spree on cars in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Video posted to social media on Wednesday shows the two thieves driving along streets in residential areas of San Francisco and Oakland. 

Two unidentified individuals wearing hooded jackets were caught on amateur video during a brazen ‘smash-and-grab’ spree in the San Francisco Bay Area

Two unidentified individuals wearing hooded jackets were caught on amateur video during a brazen ‘smash-and-grab’ spree in the San Francisco Bay Area

Dashcam footage shows brazen smash-and-grab thieves drive down San Francisco street breaking car windows and lifting bags out of cars

Dashcam footage shows brazen smash-and-grab thieves drive down San Francisco street breaking car windows and lifting bags out of cars

The image above shows one of the thieves reaching into a vehicle to steal an item

The image above shows one of the thieves reaching into a vehicle to steal an item

Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced that the city would offer rewards of up to $100,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the mastermind of what officials say is an organized criminal effort.

Comparing crimes reports from August 2021 to the previous year, San Francisco saw 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.

Burglary and auto thefts decreased by 10 percent and 8 percent respectively.

Longtime residents Allan Brown, who has lived in the Marina District area for nearly 20 years, says that crime has worsened recently.   

‘This place used to be – nothing would ever happen here,’ he shared. 

Comparing crimes reports from August 2021 to the previous year, San Francisco saw 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

Comparing crimes reports from August 2021 to the previous year, San Francisco saw 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

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.

Mayor London Breed disputed the company’s argument, claiming that Walgreens was simply trying to slash costs and increase profits – and that retail theft was an easy scapegoat. 

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. 

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.

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.

Walgreens 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

Walgreens 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 announced the city would dedicate more police to combat retail shoplifting and make reporting of shoplifting cases easier.

Breed’s office said that auto burglaries reported to police have declined since 2017, when the city recorded about 31,400.

More than 15,000 auto burglaries have been reported this year, but 2021 is on track to fall below the nearly 26,000 auto burglaries reported in 2019, according to her office.

‘These break-ins hurt our residents, especially working families who do not have the time or money to deal with the effects, as well as visitors to our city whose experiences are too often tarnished after an otherwise positive experience,’ Breed said.

Last week, Australian singer Clinton Kane posted on social media that robbers made off with more than $30,000 worth of camera equipment after they broke into his SUV, which was parked on the street while he and his crew dined nearby. 

Last week, Australian singer Clinton Kane posted on social media that robbers made off with more than $30,000 worth of camera equipment after they broke into his SUV, which was parked on the street while he and his crew dined nearby

Last week, Australian singer Clinton Kane posted on social media that robbers made off with more than $30,000 worth of camera equipment after they broke into his SUV, which was parked on the street while he and his crew dined nearby

Kane and his crew rushed over to the scene when they heard glass breaking and the robbers pointed guns at them

Kane and his crew rushed over to the scene when they heard glass breaking and the robbers pointed guns at them

Meanwhile, two prosecutors quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s office due to the woke public official’s ‘lack of commitment to prosecuting crimes’.

‘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,’ prosecutor Brooke Jenkins told KNTV.

‘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.’ 

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.’

‘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,’ he added. 

Meanwhile, two prosecutors quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin's (pictured) office due to the woke public official's 'lack of commitment to prosecuting crimes'

Meanwhile, two prosecutors quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s (pictured) office due to the woke public official’s ‘lack of commitment to prosecuting crimes’

At least 50 lawyers have quit or were fired from Boudin’s office since he became district attorney in January 2020.

A recall effort was launched against the DA, arguing that citizens are frustrated with his ‘progressive policies’ surrounding crime, such as his push to reduce jail funding and refusal to prosecute repeat offenders. 

San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya alleged that Boudin prioritizes criminals over law enforcement and the community.  

‘Police are the bad guys, and the bad guys are the good guys in the mind of a progressive,’ Montoya said.

‘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.’ 

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