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San Francisco Criminals Now Targeting Residents Due to Lack of Tourists, Say City Officials

San Francisco Criminals Now Targeting Residents Due to Lack of Tourists, Say City Officials

“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”

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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Katy L. Stamper | February 14, 2021 at 10:14 am

These folks let G. Soros supply them with a prosecutor. Evidently, they trusted their local media and the candidate advertisements they saw, and did no independent search for info on the district attorney candidates.

If you’re lazy, this is what you get. They voted for this and don’t even know it.

I know it’s a shocking fact, but early in campaigns, you can easily meet and speak with almost every candidate for every office, and for offices I care the most about, I do this. I’ve had 30 minutes discussions with many candidates and am able to filter them based largely upon this. I also go to candidate forums.

San Francisco, you decided elected officials didn’t need to be vetted, that anyone would do. Simply isn’t true.

    henrybowman in reply to Katy L. Stamper. | February 14, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Vote like mugus, live like mugus.

    “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.”

    My, oh my! Whatever could that be? No one has any idea! This is a problem no one, anywhere, has ever solved, and we can’t find anybody who has the slightest clue what it takes!

    I hear Joe Arpaio is available.

    And, mirabile dictu, it turns out there is an actual downside to turning your residents into total sheeple who ask obvious criminals, “can I help you,” instead of, “who are you and why are you here casing cars?” Yes, offer to help the criminal, that is so Progressive!

    Are people even aware of Chesa Boudin’s lineage? Cop killers and terrorists.

It’s bittersweet when reality smacks the idiots that vote for the left in the face. I enjoy that they’re getting what they so justly deserve, but many will flee and proceed to f**k that place up too.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Paddy M. | February 14, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    The people get the government they deserve. You, personally, may not deserve it, but as whole – they get what they deserve.

You get what you vote for, often good and hard

“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.”

“Dear Concerns,”

You get what you vote for
Well, unless, cheating of course

Like 2020…

No enforcement of laws = more criminal activity.

Who could have foreseen this? Certainly not those “in charge” in San Francisco.

    MajorWood in reply to navyvet. | February 14, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    I have decided that this is a natural byproduct of “tolerance.” Once one “fringe element” gets accepted, then the other fringe elements move right in as well. Portland is simply following the evolution set down by San Francisco starting in the late 60’s. Back in June I commented that the rise in graffiti was making PDX resemble the opening scenes from “A Clockwork Orange” and I haven’t encountered much evidence to suggest that we are veering from that dystopian path. It seems that the level of crimes being prosecuted is edging upwards to where I am surprised that anyone even pays for stuff. I was at the store the other day and had forgotten my wallet, and for a second I considered just walking out with the items as I had witnessed a homeless scum do a few minutes earlier. But then I realized that having a solid line between “me” and “him” was always a good thing.

    The dark side of me thinks that the deliberate inaction against petty crime is just an invitation for vigilantism, which they will then use as an excuse to crack down on the vigilantes. I wonder if the sales of pickups, tarps, and shovels has increased recently.

    drednicolson in reply to navyvet. | February 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    When the cat’s defunded, you get mice by the hundred.

I can’t bring myself to care…..

JusticeDelivered | February 14, 2021 at 12:05 pm

“‘Go upstairs, (expletive) or I’ll kill you.”

Are they ready to embrace their 2nd Amendment rights?

    henrybowman in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 14, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    What, and become N*ZIS?
    No no, it’s a much higher moral ground to be bullied and victimized. You know, like Jews.
    (Cancel THAT, Disney. Nya nya nya.)

The problem and the solution are revealed in a simple re-write of one sentence in the report:

The report says: “As a result, criminals are now reportedly shifting their focus to city residents.”

If you re-write it as follows, the source of the problem and potential solution becomes clear: “As a result, criminals are now reportedly shifting their focus to TAXPEYERS AND VOTERS”

I have a hard time deredging up much sympathy for the residents. They’re getting what they elected.

Conservative Beaner | February 14, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Reap what you sow Frisco.
To all the surrounding areas such as Daly City, Concord, Berkley and areas north you’re next.

Virtue signaling getting dangerous?

San Franfeces

Society is NOT rocket science. We have been experimenting with it for millennia. The findings are pretty clear.

1) Humans are not kind and good, by nature We are a bunch of selfish, amoral opportunists. We are born into the world this way. just like our ancestors were.

2) In order to live together, in groups, we have developed organized social structures.

3) These social structures, societies, guide the behavior of the members of the society and reduce friction.

4) Societies guide behavior through the use of the making of rules [laws], the education and training of the members of society as to the rules, enforcement of the rules and the application of sufficient penalties to make it unattractive to violate the rules or to remove rule violators from society.

Being selfish, amoral opportunists, we are governed by the principle of enlightened self interest. If we feel it is in our best interests to adheres to the rules of society, we do that. If not, we either ignore them or attempt to cheat by finding a way around being held accountable for violating them. So, after 100,000 years of experimentation with human societies, we have made some pretty stark discoveries.

1) People will always attempt to structure a society to give themselves an personal advantage.

2) Once established, people will still attempt to gain advantage by violating the rules.

3) The only thing which hold a society together is the demand of the members that the rules be enforce uniformly.

4) If the greater society fails to protect the interests of the vast majority of the members of that society, the members will establish sub-societies [tribes] which will protect their interests. This places large segments of the population of the society in conflict with one another and, with the inability of the greater society to intervene, in an effective manner, the greater society dissolves and tribalism ensues.

This is happening across this nation. And, the reason why it is happening a planned occurrence. The planet has reached the point where the US was back in the 1780s. It is a conglomeration of sovereign nations, at various stages of development which is being forced to develop a global society in order to survive. There is only one successful model for that; the United States of America.

The US is a success story. Built upon the ideals of freedom, equality and community. The people have to enjoy the greatest amount of personal freedom which s consistent with the maintenance of a relatively stable societal structure. There has to be equality under the law as well as equality of opportunity. And, the members have to be in agreement to defend that society from attack. You might not like your neighbor, but you will stand shoulder to shoulder with him to protect the society that you have built and maintained.

But, the global society, which must develop if humanity is to survive, is being affected by the self interest of powerful groups. To gain and/or maintain advantage, they are fighting to mold the burgeoning society in the image that they favor. Right now, the players are pushing for either a medieval fiefdom society, a socialist/communist oligarchy society or an American style free society. The first two are both totalitarian, to one degree or another. And, historically, neither have worked on a wide scale. The American experiment, built upon maximum individual freedom consistent with relative stability, has enjoyed relative stability for over 200 years, except for that little disagreement in the 1860s, when part of the nation sought to gain an advantage by refusing to compromise while another sought advantage by ignoring on of the bases for the nation, equality. And, we hashed that out, though through extreme measures. It is a success story. And, so is a threat to those who would see a global society crafted to benefit themselves. Therefor, it must be destroyed. One of the ways that is being accomplished is by destroying the equitable rule of law.

    txvet2 in reply to Mac45. | February 14, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    “”historically, neither have worked on a wide scale.””

    I’d have to disagree with this point. Feudalism worked literally for millenia before anybody really developed a workable alternative. Even those rare “democratic” societies like Greece had a caste system.

      Mac45 in reply to txvet2. | February 14, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      Actually, feudalism was not very successful. It only lived, as long s it did, because of the need for protection from brigands, wandering tribes and other nobles, looking to expand their power base. Under most of these feudal societies, the peasantry were virtual slaves to the land holding class. As such, they were not allowed the means to arm themselves to revolt, and therefor, to protect themselves. If they had revolted, then there would be no military class to offer protection. However, as the external threats decreased so too did the need for a military top-heavy society and the rise of external trade increased decline of the feudal culture. Though it appeared to be widespread, covering much of Europe and the Far East, in various forms, it only worked on a local level. The same is true of communism/socialism. Both were always replace with the same type of system. One based upon personal freedom and social mobility; which is, essentially, the American system. The truth is that, the feudal and socialist systems are simply too rigid to adapt and evolve with the human species. When they did not need a totalitarian hierarchy to protect them, they collapsed. The speed of that of that collapse seems to correlate with the speed of current communication methods.

To be fair to the residents, perhaps there isn’t anyone else they could vote for. Where I live, there were no Republicans running at all in the mid-term election. All but one of the races were uncontested, and the one that wasn’t the alternatives were “Independent”.

And, theoretically, yes, they could vote for the most-responsible Democrat. However, in reality the Democratic candidate has to survive internal-party politics and that seems to mean that only the ones that the “activists” love survive.

People need alternatives.

    Katy L. Stamper in reply to slither. | February 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Slither, “people” need to RUN.

    Look in the mirror, folks.

    henrybowman in reply to slither. | February 14, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    “Where I live, there were no Republicans running at all in the mid-term election.”

    In a top-two state like California, it doesn’t matter how many Republicans are “running,” none of them are guaranteed to make it onto any final ballot.

    Check out the article — Democrats rejoiced at having Republican-free general elections, but (as always) discovered this sort of chicanery is a two-edged sword that has come back to bite them in the ass, so now they must ram through a change to some other cockamamie system that ensures Democrats always win.

      Sonnys Mom in reply to henrybowman. | February 15, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Ranked choice voting leads to a permanent one-party state. It was on the Massachusetts ballot last fall, and it even got defeated here.

      After passing the Recall Gavin petition, launching a petition initiative to overturn CA’s jungle primary system would be a good thing to consider, IMO a higher priority project than dividing the state into two or three.

    MajorWood in reply to slither. | February 14, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    It is absolutely true that these issues are confined to single party locations. The Portland mayoral race starts with the primary where basically 25 different dimmirats run for office. If one of them gets 50%, then they are the mayor starting at the end of the year. If no one gets 50%, then the top two have a run-off in the Fall. The primary this year was in mid-May before things started to go really South. As such, we had Wheeler with I believe 40% and the Chloe the Hoe commie with something less than that, but still good enough for 2nd place. No Republican ever runs because it is doubtful that they would ever get enough votes for 2nd place, but this year, if we had a traditional two party election with Wheeler vs a Republican, there could have been a serious possibility that Portland could have gone Red, and I mean the good kind of Red. But sadly we now just another big political machine town with one party rule. And I am heading back to Ohio once some other issues get settled. When I moved here in 1996 I commented that Portland was so nice that even the liberals couldn’t screw it up. I was wrong.

    Sonnys Mom in reply to slither. | February 15, 2021 at 10:50 am

    After years of inaction and inattention, much of the Republican party has been reduced to a collection of wimps, “noble losers” who refuse to stand up, display charisma and leadership skills, and wage an effective political battle for every elected office. Starting with those “unimportant” and “boring” local offices like city council, school committee and zoning board.

    This is why there is so much talk right now about either reclaiming/reinventing the GOP or even starting a party to replace it.

Let them know you are not a tourist but a SF resident. Wear your open butt chaps.

too bad , so sad
dumb commies actually getting what they voted and asked for !

The destruction of the culture is a feature not a bug. This is working out as planned. Once enough people are sufficiently filled with fear, the totalitarian government will seem so nice. Utopia is just around the corner. Soros does not put lawlessness in place via non-enforcement because he is stupid. He is not. He is evil.

What I was trying to say was IT WAS OK until the “locals” were recipients of the thugs !

Sad to say, but that is an absolutely logical switch of targets.

Kann den scheiß nicht erfinden.

    MajorWood in reply to Edward. | February 14, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Reminds me of back when the criminals were targetting visitors in Miami by looking for rental car window decals. IIRC, this was shortly after widespread CHL made being a criminal way more dangerous. Unlike San Fran, at least in PDX we retain the ability to deal with it appropriately when the time comes.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MajorWood. | February 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Washington State briefly had license plates that were unique to rental cars. Carjackings and other nasties ended that practice quickly.

Dr. Savage is right: Liberalism is a mental disorder. Liberals do not have the mental capacity to recognize or correct their mistakes. America’s premiere bum-liberal magnet, SFO, cannot be fixed. Good gawd, even terminally addicted bums from across the country know SFO is a Mecca for homeless, mentally ill bums, communists, atheists, child molesters, criminals, fugitives, pervs, homos, drunks, sexual deviants, and other democrats. SFO’s problems are beyond what voting can fix.

Here’s an idea that is sure to work” DEFUND THE POLICE SOME MORE! Also, take that money you save and give it to the BLM groups in your area, and also don’t forget to fund ANTIFA as well. Soon, everything will be much better, just wait and see.

It’s really hard for me to give less of a s—- than I already do … But I’ll try…. Lol self inflicted and proudly so

Gee, that’s too bad …

That’s why they want tourists! So their criminals attack visitors, instead of residents!

Sure would be nice if the criminals would find Chesa Boudin and rob him at knife point. Let him get a taste of his policies first hand.

Hahahaha??….who didn’t see this coming when those idiots voted in Boudin? Absolutely no pity for those morons