San Francisco Police Disbands Auto Burglary Unit as Thefts Hit Record Highs

San Francisco Police Disbands Auto Burglary Unit as Thefts Hit Record Highs

San Francisco is a magical place where voters will complain about crime while simultaneously supporting policies that neuter police and embolden criminals. Consequently, San Francisco is plagued by one of the highest property crime rates per capita in the nation, thanks to an administration plagued with delusional ideologies.

Since 2010, San Francisco's auto break-in rates have nearly tripled. In 2015, an average of 70 break-ins were reported per day. From SFGate:

Though car break-ins are still considered felonies, city police officials say their hands are often tied. They said if an officer catches somebody with property taken from a car burglary, for example, and the offense doesn’t meet the $950 threshold set by Prop. 47 to count as a felony, all the officer can do is issue a citation because it is now a misdemeanor.

This. Is. Insanity.

Still, leftist officials love their narratives. In their latest efforts to render police even more ineffective, SFPD's upper brass is eliminating a unit previously dedicated to addressing the crime epidemic.

From the SF Examiner:

A plainclothes unit investigating the epidemic of car break-ins will be disbanded as the San Francisco Police Department increases uniformed foot patrols meant to prevent property crime, Police Chief Bill Scott announced Thursday.

Police brass will dissolve the some 18-member Patrol Bureau Task Force on Saturday and reassign the officers to police stations around San Francisco, Scott said. The task force is responsible for 228 arrests related to car break-ins in San Francisco since it formed in late 2015.

“The bottom line on this is that you will see more officers on foot beats. Expect them to be a deterrent to crime,” Scott said. “We really expect them to get in front of crime as much as we can do that to prevent crime from happening in the first place rather than dealing with it on the back end.”

It's likely that the changes stem from corrupt-leftist Mayor Ed Lee's love of optics over efficacy. Last year, Mayor Lee's office announced that it would be spending $20 million in tax-payer dollars on so-called 'police reform.'

Would the money go toward additional staffing? More police officers? Better equipment? Nope — the money would be directed towards "implicit bias, cultural competency, and crisis intervention" training and bolstering the anti-police Office of Citizen Complaints (because civilians with no law enforcement experience make the best law enforcement policies).

Of course, this is merely a drop in the bucket in the quickly-failing city by the bay — that same year, Mayor Lee also announced an increased city-wide budget of $9.6 billion, a record-breaking amount. And it's still not enough.

How much more can San Francisco residents shoulder before the city becomes uninhabitable?

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