Speaking with Fox News this week, several San Francisco residents said they feel as if the city is growing increasingly more dangerous as the crime rises.
“The safety in San Francisco has been getting worse. I’ve lived here my whole life — it’s always been a little unsafe — it’s a big city — but recently, it’s just been crazy high. My mom even got her car stolen from outside of our house, and there is no police to respond. It’s alarming,” Andrea, a local babysitter, said.
“Before, there wasn’t so much crime because there was more police monitoring. Now, you barely see them. I know it’s not their fault because they’re defunded and there’s not a lot of them. But it would be nice to have that protection,” she added.
It’s grown so bad in the Bay Area that the city’s leftist leaders are now calling for MORE FUNDING for the police.
“San Francisco Mayor London Breed … unveiled a two-year budget that increases police and homelessness funding as the city tries to lure businesses back to its hollowed-out downtown,” Bloomberg reported in early June.
“The mayor’s $6.85 billion general fund budget underscores San Francisco’s woes as the city faces slumping tax revenue, some of the nation’s lowest office occupancy rates, and a chorus of business leaders pushing officials to take a tougher stance on open-air drug markets,” the outlet added.
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) June 8, 2023
“Yeah, crime is up for sure. I am definitely seeing cars broken into,” another local, Christy, said to Fox News.
“There are times that you would be perhaps more worried about going to a certain neighborhood in the city at a certain time of night. It’s getting worse, absolutely getting worse,” a third local, Teri, said.
“There are times where I will say, ‘yeah, maybe I’ll just kind of like stay inside a little bit’ if it’s later at night or dark where you have that underlying sense of I’m taking a risk. It’s not fun to have to think about that,” a final local, Jeff, said.
All this comes less than two months after Gap, the parent company of Old Navy, closed up shop in San Francisco because of the city’s rampant, nonstop crime — and this despite it having been a staple in the community for 30 years.
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) May 31, 2023
That closure came just weeks after Nordstrom announced that it’d be closing both of its downtown San Francisco stores because of changing “dynamics.”
“Decisions like this are never easy, and this one has been especially difficult. But as many of you know, the dynamics of the downtown San Francisco market have changed dramatically over the past several years, impacting customer foot traffic to our stores and our ability to operate successfully,” Jamie Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s chief stores officer, wrote in a memo obtained by CNN.
By “dynamics,” Nordstrom likely meant crime.
Indeed, a spokesperson for the mall where both stores were located told CNN that the stores’ closure “underscores the deteriorating situation in downtown San Francisco.”
“A growing number of retailers and businesses are leaving the area due to the unsafe conditions for customers, retailers, and employees, coupled with the fact that these significant issues are preventing an economic recovery of the area,” the spokesperson said.
San Francisco Safeway stores install new gates to deter shoplifting
Safeway has installed gates inside some of their high-theft stores where customers have to scan their receipts to exit. This one is located on Webster Street. @KPIXtv @DaKPIX reports: https://t.co/gi05hGhNqu pic.twitter.com/BgLeiHq4tG
— Betty Yu (@bett_yu) July 16, 2023
The problems in the Bay Area have only grown worse since then. Indeed, in a recent report, Fox News noted that whereas crime used to be “contained to a few neighborhoods,” it’s now spreading to the wealthiest parts of San Francisco.
“Now you’re seeing crime in the more affluent areas. Larcenies shot off the charts,” Tracy McCray, the president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, told Fox News.
“You see the CVS, you see the Walgreens, you see the smash and grabs. They are really now a problem for the whole city,” she added.
Smash and grab bandits are not taking a break for the holiday. We came upon two vehicles that were hit at Alamo Square. A witness shared this video of one of the hits. A family from Las Vegas and another from El Paso are the victims. Both are shocked and frightened. pic.twitter.com/xxjRR4tYwh
— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) July 4, 2023
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