San Francisco’s rising crime problems have been the center of national discussion over the past few years. In fact, the city’s problems with shoplifting has propelled pharmacy store chains like Walgreens to close several of its stores.
However, Mayor London Breed has insisted that Walgreens’ decision to close down several of its stores is for cost-cutting purposes, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Breed told reporters earlier in October that she thinks “there are other factors that come into play.” San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston echoed similar sentiments in a tweet where he noted that the pharmacy chain has “long-planned to close hundreds of locations.”
Over the past two years, the national pharmacy chain has closed 17 of its 70 San Francisco-based locations. Contrary to what the politicians say, higher-ups from the pharmacy chain spoke the cold hard truth when they said that San Francisco’s skyrocketing crime rate is the primary factor behind Walgreens’ closures.
Walgreens leadership says it spends roughly 46 times as much on city stores compared to other parts of the country. Similarly, five times as many Walgreens shoplifting cases occurred in urban centers compared to the rest of the country.
Several Walgreens officials have alluded to “organized retail crime”, where thieves sell the stolen goods outside the stores, as one of the factors behind the recent closures.
San Francisco’s problems are a microcosm of broader problems that California is facing. For example, California voters approved Proposition 47 in 2014 — a proposition that knocked down the penalty for theft of items worth less than $950 in value from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Of the most common crimes committed in San Francisco, the Daily Mail reported that larceny and theft are at the top, growing by 8% from 2020. Through October 10 of 2021, there were 21,842 cases of larceny and theft reported. By contrast, 20,254 of these cases took place in the same time frame through 2020.
Clearly, there’s an alarming trend of crime taking place not just in San Francisco but other cities under Democratic control.
Democrat-controlled cities, which tend to be very diverse – a factor that definitely contributes to their instability – feature political leadership that is fully committed to leftist causes such as pro-criminal policies. Their soft-on-crime approach is contributing to this alarming rise in crime.
Rising crime is not a random occurrence but rather the result of flawed public policy. Conservative-leaning Americans should not lose sight of the importance of participating in local elections. That’s where rational policy making or total lunacy is enacted.
Cities ultimately live or die as a result of these elections.