September 19, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom addresses California’s effort to address crime, reduce retail theft

Gov. Gavin Newsom, showing with native legislation enforcement officers and mayors, introduced new efforts to deal with a pointy rise in retail theft and different crimes that California has been seeing this 12 months.

The press convention comes a couple of week after a Ceremony Assist worker was shot and killed whereas confronting shoplifters at a retailer within the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glassell Park.

Total, California is experiencing retail crime that’s negatively impacting shops in cities reminiscent of San Francisco, the place police are investigating the brazen theft of a Neiman Marcus that occurred earlier this month. A bystander’s video reveals the suspects operating out of the division retailer and stepping into ready autos earlier than fleeing.

Newsom met with greater than a dozen mayors from all through the state and signed a invoice to create a number of crime activity forces across the state involving the CHP and native legislation enforcement companies to focus efforts on organized retail-theft rings.

“This is not new in the state of California … We’ve been organized in a very deliberative manner to address the issue of organized retail crime for a number of years. That said, we are doubling down on those efforts today with this bill that I’ll be signing here,” Newsom mentioned.

The rise in crime has additionally turn into a problem within the recall effort now pending towards Newsom. One of many candidates to substitute Newsom if the recall succeeds, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, blasted the governor for failing to cease the rise in crime, saying his insurance policies have led to decrease funding for police departments and early launch for prisoners.

“In Gavin Newsom’s California, thieves are robbing stores without consequence,” Faulconer mentioned in a video he launched on Twitter. “People are getting mugged on the streets.”

Newsom acknowledged California has seen an increase in crime – however famous the identical development is going on throughout the nation.

“(There’s a) big increase in gun-related violence. You’re seeing it all across the United States,” Newsom mentioned. “There is not a state that has been spared.”

“An increase particularly of gun violence over the course of the last year. There are many theories as to the underlying causes as to why and good people can disagree. The bottom line at the end of the day is members of the public – you expect us to resolve to address these issues.”

The California Retailers Affiliation reported that Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento register within the high 10 for issues with organized retail crime.

Final month, it was introduced {that a} suspect seen in a viral video of a San Francisco Walgreens heist, who was caught within the act of one other alleged tried theft, is dealing with 15 legal fees.

Goal Corp. mentioned San Francisco is the one U.S. metropolis the place the retail firm has determined to shut a few of its shops early.

In the meantime, in Los Angeles, violent crime is on the rise. Police Chief Michel Moore instructed the Police Fee that the town noticed a 50% enhance in capturing victims final month, in contrast to the identical interval final 12 months.