Tourism in the city of San Francisco is down, partly due to the pandemic, but also because of crime. As a result, criminals are now reportedly shifting their focus to city residents.

How’s that for painful irony?

Andre Senior reports at KTVU News:

SF supervisor says lack of tourists has criminals now targeting residents

A San Francisco neighborhood is shaken after a close call with a would-be theft was captured on surveillance cameras appearing to case vehicles outside a home in Bernal Heights.

“You can basically see him in the video with the flashlight, you know, going in, looking at the different inside cars and trying to kind of open the door and break into them,” said Ben Couillard.

Couillard owns the house where the burglar was seen peering into vehicles, but was away and had a house sitter watching over the property.

He said the house sitter came face-to-face with the suspicious person who had turned his attention away from the vehicles and to the house.

“So she saw him through the window and basically when she asked him, you know, ‘Can I help you?’ Like, what are you doing as he’s trying to break in? And he said to her, like, ‘Go upstairs, (expletive) or I’ll kill you.”…

San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen, District Attorney Chesa Boudin, and the captain of the police department overseeing the area, held a virtual town hall with residents of the community Wednesday night to address their concerns.

They attribute what they say is an increase in crime to “economic desperation” and “tourism has gone down so substantially in San Francisco that criminal rings that targeted tourists in areas that tourists frequent no longer have tourists there,” said Supervisor Ronen.

Columnist Erica Sandberg recently posted this related thread on Twitter:

People in the city are starting to reach their breaking point.

Liz Kreutz reports at ABC News in San Francisco:

‘This has gone too far’: San Franciscans call for change, solutions amid string of violent crimes

The string of violent crimes in San Francisco has left many residents asking: What can be done to make the city safer?

Sarah Vorhaus, who was attacked at gunpoint in Russian Hill last month by three men who stole her puppy, is joining the chorus of people calling for change and solutions.

She said she would like to see more cameras and street lights around the city.

“When my attack happened, immediately the next day I was out on the street with SFPD knocking on private citizen’s doors with my face swollen shut, with my eye swollen shut,” Vorhaus told ABC7 News through tears. “I had to ask private citizens for whatever footage they had because there aren’t city cameras.”

“Private citizen cameras are set up to protect and monitor people walking in their building, not the street,” she added. “My crime happened on the street.”

Joel Engardio is the Vice President of Stop Crime SF. He told ABC7 News that change starts with putting pressure on public officials, like District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

“We saw four cases this past month where the common thread was somebody was killed and the suspect had previously been arrested and released and had a long rap sheet,” Engardio said. “And so something is not working with the criminal justice system. Somebody needs to intervene to make sure these violent offenders aren’t reoffending.”

Given the high cost of living in San Francisco, it’s amazing residents have put up with this for so long.

 

 
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