‘Their hands are tied’: San Francisco locals demand change to stop brazen crime


Local businesses and employees of San Francisco are calling for change as they increasingly describe shameless shoplifting and car break-ins.

Several residents told LBL that they believe changing California’s law Proposition 47 is the solution.

“The police are really amazing, their hands are tied, that’s what’s going on here.” Gianni, a local who worked at Fisherman’s Wharf, told LBL.

“When it comes to theft there is a $950 limit that needs to be met in order to convert to a crime,” said Robert Ruecka, a public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department.

“We have to implement our existing laws,” Ruecka said.

Mario Ruiz, a San Francisco employee near Union Square, felt that the law resulted in “no penalty for shoplifting.”

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Other locals felt that a strong police presence was needed.

“More police are needed,” said Manit Sohal, owner of a local business near Fisherman’s Wharf.

“It would be nice to have more foot patrol, more PD presence,” security guard Jesse Hernandez told LBL.

But the SFPD is facing a shortage. “We’re about 400 officers down where we need to be,” Ruecka told LBL.

Asked whether the events of this past year have had an impact on the SFPD’s ability to successfully recruit officers, Rueka said, “We are in a difficult position right now in terms of how the police are viewed. And With the understanding that people’s fear and dismay some pictures can create certain messages like defaming the police.”

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