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In 2014, Prop 47 was passed on to the reduction of certain non-violent criminal offenses in order to free up resources for police and prosecutors to go after serious, violent offenders. The data show that, after Prop 47 passed, shoplifting, and car thefts have increased. Fox News spoke with San Francisco and Oakland in the united states retailers over the recent surge in the crime rate.
SAN FRANCISCO – In a flood-lit car park, one of San Francisco’s busiest streets, was a young man in baggy trousers and a messy brown hair, pulled down his pants. He was hiding out with two pairs of stolen jeans with the tags still on them. He gave it to one of the other men waiting in the area, took the money, pulled up his pants and walked back to the other store, on Market Street, which is the home of the city’s high-end designers and big chain stores.
The incident was not a one-off. These are blatant acts of theft and shoplifting are a dangerous and all too often it is a consequence of Proposition 47, an referendum about three years ago, the critics say, effectively, it gives shoplifters and drug addicts on the go-ahead to commit crimes, as long as the merchandise, they steal it, or the medication they are taking is less than $950 in value. The decision to downgrade the theft of goods valued below a random image from a felony to a crime, along with the selective enforcement, which is aimed at the more “serious” crimes, which has resulted in the thieves know they can be brutal north america and the merchants know that the police will not respond to their complaints, say the critics.
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In the City by the Bay’s famous Tenderloin district, a Cassie, a 21-year-old mother of two and a former heroin junkie, he told to Fox News that is, as the times were hard, and she has stolen from stores.
“When my baby’s diapers is necessary, or formula, and who’s going to be that one for me? No. I’m going to do it,” she said. “She’s not here to arrest people for shoplifting and everyone knows it.”
Proposition 47, is regarded by critics as one of California’s biggest blunders. Supported by the state, and the Democratic y, and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, the referendum was approved by a wide margin in 2014. The idea behind this was to make certain non-violent criminal offenses in order to free up resources for police and prosecutors to focus on violent offenders.
Since Proposition 47 was passed, there has been an increase in thefts in the country as a whole. Cities such as San Francisco, have seen organized crime rings, putting the retailer in a well-organised racket in which a desperate thieves, and unscrupulous black-market merchants.
Among the nation’s 20 largest cities, such as San Francisco now has the highest rate of property crimes, including thefts, shoplifting, and vandalism.
Del Seymour, founder of the non-profit Code of fillet of Beef, said on Fox News that the pads, often from Mexico and Guatemala to set up shop in the middle of the day and night around the city’s United Nations Plaza to the area. He told me that he saw the stealers and dealers, and have gotten bolder by the day. Retail heists take place, he said, is not a small number of operations, but rather a sophisticated network of international dealers cross the border to buy the stolen goods. What’s even worse is that the majority of the handoffs that happen in the light of the San Francisco City Hall.
“It is, of course, sends a message to you. And they’re doing it right here out in the open.”
— Del Seymour, founder of the Code of fillet of Beef
“It is, of course, is to send a message,” Seymour said. “They’re doing it right here out in the open.”
Other hot spots were the beef Tenderloin, as well as the 7th and Market streets.
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Seymour is of the opinion that San Francisco has been stuck in a cycle, and he is able to get himself out of it, the problem will continue to exist. Drug addicts who are often homeless, need money for a solution, so that they can walk into a store, stealing merchandise, selling it for half the value, and the use of the money they made to buy more drugs. Seymour added that the mayor and the elected officials of the city have been spending a lot of time and money trying to coddle drug addicts and have done nothing to eliminate some of San Francisco’s drug problem.
“My thing is – and I say this all the time, if we are to put an end to the hoarding, and the persecution of the fence, or have anything to do with the scenes and the people don’t have the money to buy the drugs,” he said. “Most of the drugs bought from shop-lifting and breaking into cars. If they are not, there is a market for these products, and they are not going to break into cars (the retailer) is no longer.”
The black market merchants and their shops in the middle of the day and night around the city’s United Nations Plaza to the area. He told me that he saw the stealers and dealers, and have gotten bolder by the day. What’s even worse is that the majority of the handoffs that happen in the light of the San Francisco City Hall.
(Barnini Chakraborty/Fox News)
The problem is, it is not only a San Francisco-based. Across the country, retailers that they have been hit hard by shoplifters since the Prop 47 went into effect.
On the other side of the bay, in Oakland, business owners say shoplifting is a problem. Spoiled, the Boutique owner, Mika, McCants, told Fox News they’re concerned about theft, especially at night.
“I’ve had situations where I had to make a call to the authorities.”
In San Diego County, A 7-Eleven franchisee, Jassi Dhillon, told NBC 7 that he has to deal with shoplifters all six of its store locations.
“It happens every day, every hour on the hour,” he said.
Dhillon said the retailer will not be a priority to the enforcement of the law, and the said agents are to see, the shoplifter is in the store, if it is not delivered over the citation they were issued.
“It’s a lifestyle for us now, because we can’t do anything, apart from a lot of losses,” he said.
Rachel Michelin, chair of the California Retailers Association, said north america is not only hurting retailers, but it is also becoming more and more a public safety issue for the public.”
They said it on the black market, traders often cross state lines, and knowing California, it will go easy on them if they are caught.
“They know what they are doing. They will be calculating and get all the way up to the $950 limit,” Michelin told Fox News, adding that “one person will go into a store, fill up their backpack, come out, dump it out and then go right back and do it all over again.”
Michelin said they have seen the images from the retailers that they have been described as “completely insane.”
“They’re going to be in a grocery store, steal, drink alcohol, and walk to the ftont door. They don’t know is going to continue.”
— Rachel Michelin, chair of the California Retailers Association
“They’re going to be in a grocery store, steal, drink alcohol, and walk out the door with it,” she said. “They know we are not going to continue. The district attorneys do not.”
She added that there are even more sinister acts about to happen. A lot of the out-of-state crime rings, and to use the kids to get their dirty work for them because they know that they are low on the totem pole of the legal action.
“There are people out there who use and enjoy the benefit of the children,” she said. “You know, I think, is that teens know that there will be no effect. It’s part of the game. If you do get caught, all you have to do is to get out of the store.”
It is, along with a few others on Fox News, said that the situation has become tense relationship between the police and the public prosecutor’s office.
“Law enforcement [officials] are trying to protect the streets, and then they would be able to do a sting and an arrest of a group of people, in which case the prosecutor will drop or downgrade the charges,” she said.
It’s a frustrating dynamic for sure, but the state is in a fix, dealers have to reach out of their own pockets to hire private security guards, but even so, there is no guarantee that the stealing will stop. In fact, all the private security guards can do is observe and report a theft.
“They’re not going to find someone along the way,” Michelin said.
It took the lawmakers to task for a seemingly well-intentioned plan that actually backfired and made the situation even worse.
Since Proposition 47 was passed, there has been an increase in thefts across the country, and has committed to a number of towns and cities, such as San Francisco as a sitting duck for the organized crime rings.
(Barnini Chakraborty/ Fox News)
California is one of only a handful of states that do not give out plastic bags. In order to get the buyer to pay an additional dime. The residents are on the lookout for, ten cents, and parts of the surrounding area, usually the goods is in a purse, backpack, or in their hands when they walk out, an unintended consequence of these thieves can easily be able to fit in and be” with the crowd.
“It’s crazy,” Michelin said. “The shops will be forced to lock up their property.”
Frustrated entrepreneurs say that they feel that their needs are being ignored by elected officials.
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Fox News asked the Democratic Mayor of London and Race, the office, six separate times for an interview, or to leave a comment on this story. Her office did not respond to a question about the growing crisis. Fox News has also reached out to the district attorney’s office several times, but no one answered.
The San Francisco Police Department will be on Fox News at the Surgery, “Wrecking Ball,” an eight-month investigation that began in April 2018 and ending in a dozen arrests and the recovery of the stolen items to the stores in the amount of $750,000.
“Companies large and small have been hit hard financially by the thefts, which often pose a risk to workers and to discourage the law-abiding customers. SFPD is working closely with local businesses and our partner organisations, to deter and investigate such crimes, to make our city even safer, and to make it a business to thrive,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in the news release is forwarded to Fox News.