The Democratic mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, acknowledged that her progressive security policy has been a failure. This Tuesday she reported that she will take new measures to try to “change the course” of the city.
The mayor detailed that the new plan has as priorities: securing emergency police funds for necessary resources, modifying the policing ordinance so that law enforcement can disrupt crime in real time, and stopping the illegal peddling of stolen goods.
“Frankly, we need more action citywide to deal with auto thefts, burglaries and especially shootings. But our police have already been working overtime to address these and other serious challenges,” he said.
In light of Breed’s announcement, journalists like Michael Shellenberger, who has been following the security situation in San Francisco, explained that the new security policy will be met with resistance from progressives. But, he noted, it is an opportunity to make the right decisions.
Insecurity and crime in San Francisco
In July, a study published by El American indicated that 8 out of 10 residents said that crime in the city has been steadily increasing in recent years and that 90% believe the homelessness crisis is deepening over time, making it a priority for 76% of residents to increase police presence in high-crime neighborhoods.
“The survey, which included a sample of 500 residents, also showed that 40% of those consulted contemplate moving to other states in the face of the rampant increase in insecurity, and 70% consider the deterioration of the quality of life to be evident,” the article states.