The shoplifter video is just one way the San Francisco Police Department investigates retail theft. The images help the investigators, but hurt the people there in real time.
Relation: According to science fiction crime reports, 2021 robbery was less than in the previous year and gun violence was on the rise.
“It causes stress for employees and stress for shoppers,” said San Francisco supervisor Asha Safai.
Safai recently requested police stations and district attorneys to provide information on organized retail theft.
Police chief William Scott and district attorney Chesa Boudin responded in a letter.
According to Chief Scott, the SFPD holds a recurring record of shoplifters.
In 2018, there were 238 repeat offenders, 20% of whom were re-arrested. In 2019, there were 219 repeat offenders, 29% of whom were re-arrested.
In 2020, there were 116 repeat offenders, 33% of whom were re-arrested.
“It’s related to business closures and COVID, so I think 2020 was more unusual. Looking at 2021, I think it’s back to an increase,” Saffy said.
Supervisor Saffy specifically points to a video of ABC7 news reporter Lyanne Melendez filming a shoplifter on a bicycle.
video: The thief steals a trash bag full of SF Walgreens items and takes a security shot.
“The individual had a series of previous arrests and previous crimes for the exact same type of crime,” Saffy said.
Lieutenant Tracy McRae is Vice President of the San Francisco Police Department.
“Unless we are there and can’t catch them on the spot, we have to go through the other steps of the investigation,” McRae said.
“Sometimes we can do it quickly, sometimes it takes time,” she continued.
DA Boudin wrote in his response to supervisor Safari that the criteria for prosecution were much higher than those for arrest.
He also wrote various criminal offenses that could lead to retail store theft arrests. Prosecution makes it difficult to provide accurate statistics on these cases.
“Before he submitted the letter, I had a good conversation with the district attorney, and I told him that we were all responsible for this current environment, we are all responsible “Sapphi said.
A spokesman for DA’s office said DA was not available for the interview.
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