Crimes in some California cities are at an all-time high, and prosecutors are stuck on what to do.
In the past few years, car burglaries in San Francisco have skyrocketed. However due to the brilliant politicians, a current San Francisco loophole has it where some car break-ins go unpunished, but the legislature is working to make achieving convictions a lot easier.
What lawmakers are proposing is that prosecutors no longer have to prove that the car’s doors were locked during the time the break-in happened. Lawmakers however have been struggling with this because of prison crowding and the public pressure of criminal justice reform.
However, local officials and lawmakers say this is what is needed to help lower the car burglary problem that the state of California has been having. Some believe it has reached a crisis level in some cities.
“It’s ridiculous that under current law you can have a video of someone bashing out a car window, but if you can’t prove that the door is locked you may not be able to get an auto burglary conviction,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who introduced the legislation at the request of the San Francisco district attorney’s office.
Throughout California, there were 243,000 thefts from automobiles just last year. Which is higher than the national average of 223,000 which has been constant for the last 8 years. From 2016 to 2018, San Jose saw a 20% increase in vehicle break-ins, according to a recent report by the San Jose Mercury News.
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