San Francisco residents hire private security, citing safety concerns

San Francisco residents have begun hiring private security services to protect their homes, citing concerns about the continued rise in crime.
According to the San Francisco CBS, about 150 families from the Marina District have hired Patrol Special Officer Alan Byard to help protect their homes. The families said they had seen increases in car and house thefts both during the day and in the evening.
"We don't feel safe in our neighborhood," said resident Katie Lyons. "And we have an alarm, we have surveillance cameras on our property, but we want the extra security that someone is keeping an eye on our house."
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Byard has said he has increased his customer base from 70 to 150 in the Marina District alone. Byard said the fear came from an increase in neighborhood car break-ins.
In February, the San Francisco Police Department released information showing a 340% year-over-year increase in burglaries, Fox News reported. This followed an announcement by Mayor London Breed in June 2020 that issued new guidelines addressing police bias and attempting to "demilitarize" the police.
Breed announced at a press conference in July that it would take $ 120 million from police funds over two years to benefit the black community.
Democratic mayors in nearly two dozen cities have supported efforts to disappoint police while they spend money on their own private security guards.
Walgreens announced on October 12th that it would close five stores in San Francisco because of the increase in theft and organized retail crime.
The Washington Examiner contacted the San Francisco Police Department for comment but received no response.
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Original Author: Elizabeth Faddis
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