State beefs up Highway Patrol around stores and malls after brazen thefts

Great news!!  Gov. Newsom is going to put a stop to the invasion of malls around the State—he is going to assign the California Highway patrol o secure the facilities.  But, there are more malls and retail stores in the State than CHP officers.  This is just a pretend answer to the problem.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that Californians could expect to see “substantially more” law enforcement officers near “highly trafficked” retail stores starting immediately, as businesses prepare for hordes of holiday shoppers after a weekend wave of Bay Area robberies that saw thieves abscond with thousands of dollars of merchandise. He directed the California Highway Patrol to increase its presence on thoroughfares around shopping areas and said he was coordinating with local police.”

Until the cops and DA’s do their job in arresting and prosecuting he criminals his will continue.  Think about the mall in our town—how man entrances are there and how man cops would it take to monitor them all?

State beefs up Highway Patrol around stores and malls after brazen thefts

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by Emily Hoeven. CalMatters,   11/23/21   

A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at Broadway Plaza on Nov. 22, 2021, in Walnut Creek. Dozens of looters robbed the store on Saturday night. Photo by Aric Crabb, Bay Area News Group

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that Californians could expect to see “substantially more” law enforcement officers near “highly trafficked” retail stores starting immediately, as businesses prepare for hordes of holiday shoppers after a weekend wave of Bay Area robberies that saw thieves abscond with thousands of dollars of merchandise. He directed the California Highway Patrol to increase its presence on thoroughfares around shopping areas and said he was coordinating with local police.

And it appears more stores were ransacked than in initial reports: Robbers made off with more than $40,000 in stolen goods from a San Jose Lululemon, storefront windows were smashed at Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, and burglaries at San Leandro and Oakland cannabis shops resulted in shootouts in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Newsom said Monday that the budget proposal he’ll send to state lawmakers in January contains “an exponential increase of support” to help cities and counties fight organized retail theft “and other quality of life issues.” But he also suggested the problem isn’t just the state’s to solve. “Mayors have to step up,” Newsom said. “Gotta be assertive, gotta be tough.”

The governor, who said that his San Francisco wine and hospitality business has been burglarized three times in the past year, also touted a bill he signed in July that renewed the state’s organized retail theft task force. Newsom said the task force has conducted over 773 investigations that resulted in “hundreds of arrests” and nearly $20 million in recovered merchandise.

  • Newsom: “I have no sympathy, no empathy whatsoever for people smashing and grabbing, stealing people’s items, creating havoc and terror in our streets. … We want real accountability. We want people prosecuted. And we want people to feel safe this holiday season.”

Shortly after making those comments at a San Francisco vaccine clinic, Newsom’s office announced that the governor had left the state to join First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and their four children in Mexico, where they are slated to stay until Nov. 28. Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis will serve as acting governor in Newsom’s absence.

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Comments

  1. Of course, putting 1 CHP at each mall is pointless.
    But police have one thing going for them. They only need to guard malls in driving distance of Black urban communities.

  2. democrats quietly support looters ,riots and lawbreakers through their enacted “laws” and DA’s. Why would a LEO stick their neck out with zero support? Any action they take (especially high profile) will be branded “racist”, subjected to the mob and, pilloried in the media. No thanks. LEO’s will pretend to enforce the law as long as politicians pretend to govern.

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