Ron DeSantis was shocked to discover this grim reality about crime in San Francisco

Feb 29, 2024

San Francisco makes national headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The city is in the midst of a massive crime wave created by failed Democrat policies.  

And Ron DeSantis was shocked to discover this grim reality about crime in San Francisco.

Retailers are under siege in San Francisco, California after the city’s soft-on-crime Democrat leadership gave shoplifters free rein. 

Organized shoplifting rings are putting stores out of business and causing major retailers like Nordstrom, Office Depot, and Old Navy to leave.

The small businesses that are remaining in San Francisco are resorting to extreme measures to stop shoplifting. 

San Francisco small businesses take drastic action to stop shoplifters

Fredericksen’s Hardware and Paint in the Cow Hollow neighborhood responded to “rampant shoplifting” by requiring customers to have an employee escort them while they shop.

“It’s pretty bad,” Fredericksen manager Sam Black told KRON4. “I mean, the dollar amounts are pretty significant, and with the tools and now we’re getting snatch-and-grabs when they take whole displays, so it’s getting kind of dangerous for the employees and the customers.”

The employee escort is a last resort for the store to deter potential shoplifters.

“We just want to make it uncomfortable for the thieves, so they go somewhere else,” Black said.

The employee escorts are not enough to stop increasingly sophisticated organized shoplifting rings or fast smash-and-grab thefts.

“As a security expert, we are advising retailers to implement certain security procedures, including limiting the number of stock items on a sales floor that is readily available for these individuals to take,” Private investigator Patrick McCall explained.

McCall told Fox News Digital that criminals are brazen because they know they will not be prosecuted for shoplifting.

“The fact is lack of laws and the new bail reform laws — these crimes aren’t being prosecuted and the reward outweighs the consequences for offenders,” McCall said.

The National Retail Federation estimates that retailers could be losing more than $100 billion a year to theft.

Florida stopping shoplifters dead in their tracks

While shoplifting is spiking in San Francisco, it has gone down by 30% in Florida since Governor Ron DeSantis took office, with some cities seeing dramatic decreases. 

St. Petersburg saw shoplifting decrease by 78% from 2019 to 2023.

Florida is continuing to take aggressive action to crack down on shoplifters.

DeSantis is backing legislation that would increase the criminal penalties for retail theft.

Retail theft with five or more people is now considered a third-degree felony and a third conviction for retail theft is now a first-degree felony. 

“If you commit a crime in Florida, you are going to be held accountable,” DeSantis said. “We will not tolerate retail crime, porch pirates, and the lawlessness that they allow in California and New York.”

Florida is drawing a clear contrast with San Francisco by dropping the hammer on shoplifters.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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