17 cars broken into on a single night in this San Francisco neighborhood
More than a dozen cars parked on Filbert Street in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood were broken into early Monday morning, according to a resident who witnessed the aftermath of smashed glass. She counted 17 cars with broken windows, but...
For all those that say "this is normal for any city", stop. This isn't normal. 17 cars broken into on a single block in one night without any consequences for these criminals and thugs. It doesn't happen in any other city on the planet. It's only going to get worse.
I wonder if the city is wrongly understanding the gravity of this situation. Yes, this is a non violent crime, most of the time nobody is hurt. From a utilitarian viewpoint, it makes more sense to direct resources to violent crime when someone is actively being robbed.
But ... failing to address this incessant spade of crime is harming the city tremendously. It's gotten to a point where it's no longer just non violent crime. As a whole, it's sending a deafening message to criminals in the city that you can do a lot of shit, rob and burglarize and literally nothing will happen. The police won't even bother to look for you. Nobody can stop you. You are free to rob, vandalize with no consequences. A single violent crime won't break the city, but sending a message like this and consistently rendering the city helpless will.
Sure, nobody is injured. But the inaction is sending an open invitation to all criminals to rob as they please because it's open buffet season
Why wouldn’t they break in, no repercussions, no arrests in most cases. No, it’s not normal in most cities because most cities have something called enforcement and those cities taxes per capita are much less. This is the perfect place to commit crimes, we’ve rolled out the red carpet to criminals!
But at least we protect their human rights……….while they constantly violate our human rights 👏
I'm sorry, SFPD is busy investigating people who hose down sidewalks...
My partners windows have been smashed a total of 6 times since July. She works on the waterfront at Embarcadero
Edit: we actually had to purchase glass replacement insurance to cover the cost. The window they were breaking was $479 to replace each time w/o insurance.
That's a crazy amount of cars to hit all at once. Surely that's one single crew, but there were 6 other reported break ins in the neighborhood over the weekend as well with the majority all by Moscone Rec center. Might all be all done by one crew, but likely no more than 2 so say 5-6 people involved?
I'm sure there's cameras in that neighborhood, but not sure how far that gets the police nowadays. What are potential solutions other than increased patrols in the area? That's not a permanent solution option currently for SFPD.
Edit: Well I thought my comment was pretty straightforward and reasonable, but somehow it spawned 10+ follow on comments making jokes that don't have anything to do with what I commented?
At a certain point neighborhood overwatch groups are going to become prominent and eventually aggressive. Beyond that point vigilantism will become a reality, it's not difficult to bait the thieves.
I'll be keeping my eye out for car theft Batman. CarMan will save the day.
Blame the police commission. They are the ones who passed use of force policies which practically forbids SFPD from going after car break in crews.
Maybe the city will start doing something when the 10 billion dollar tourist industry drops to nothing. I used to go into the city for a play, museum, game or show a couple times a year. I haven’t been there for a couple of years now, even as the pandemic has eased and don’t intend to while this rampant shit is happening.
Vote your politicians out of office. They failed. Regardless of what they were trying to achieve, they weren’t able to achieve it with out crime and violence, without rampant drug use, without solving the homeless problem, without allowing the funding of organized crime, without spending over $10 billion a year.
For those saying "don't leave anything in your car", there's also the issue with the crazies breaking windows for the fun of it.
“this San Francisco neighborhood” takes longer to write out and read than “Cow Hollow”.
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