San Francisco businesses need to consider private security amid mass looting, and town small business owner speaks out on it – arguing price just isn’t ‘doable’ amid hurdles already in place for business owners in the city.
LT. OF SAN FRANCISCO POLICE. BLAMES LIBERAL CITY POLICIES FOR HIS HANDS AMONG HOLD AND SEIZURE THEFT
CrossFit Golden Gate gym owner Danielle Rabkin joined “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to discuss the recent increase in crime, its impact on her business, and the wider implications that exist amid the outbreak.
“San Francisco is already such a difficult city to do business, I don’t see how… small businesses or small retailers are going to survive these extra costs,” Rabkin explained. “It’s just not doable.”
“I wouldn’t want to own a real retail store, I wouldn’t want to work there,” Rabkin continued. “I always worry about safety and security in the city. It just doesn’t feel safe on the streets.”
Although it has since been blocked, San Francisco executives have released a proposal that would allow officers on leave to provide private security for retailers and others affected by the crime spree in the city.
“I hope that will change, I think people are realizing that a change is needed,” Rabkin explained. “I think the people of San Francisco are pissed off. I think tourism probably hurts. Lectures hurt. People don’t want to come to the city because it’s lawless.”
Stores across the Golden State have been hit by a spate of smash-and-grabs in recent weeks, many of which have taken place in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Critics say the recent wave of crime can be traced to “Proposition 47,” which makes the theft of property of anything under $ 950 a misdemeanor.
San Francisco GOP Chairman John Dennis joined “Fox & Friends First” earlier Wednesday, accusing the city of prioritizing thieves over victims with its policies.
“In a sense, the state has put a burden on the cities,” Dennis explained. “You said you said, okay, we’re going to encourage crime, but in San Francisco they’ve doubled it down by taking this restorative justice approach to crime, which prioritizes the criminal over the victim.”
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Dennis also warned that the city’s leadership and anti-police rhetoric have contributed to the upsurge in crime, not only in San Francisco, but across the country.
“I think they’ve been drawn into an ideological movement within the Democratic Party, but… they’re facing the music of reality right now,” he explained. “Every time you hear ‘fund the police,’ crime goes up every time.”
According to the San Francisco Police Department, there have been more than 2,000 heists, more than 6,500 break-ins and more than 27,000 thefts this year.