Soft on crime approach has criminals back on the streets

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Important Takeaways:

  • Chicago criminals out on probation/parole/pretrial release continue violence in 2024
  • January 2 – A 21-year-old man shot another man in the face while on bail for one gun case and on probation for another. According to CWB, he was the “30th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago in 2023 while awaiting trial for a felony.”
  • January 7 – A 31-year-old man and former CVS employee robbed a CVS while on probation for robbing and burglarizing a CVS.
  • January 14 – A 19-year-old gang member shot and critically injured another man in Little Village just three months after getting probation for head-butting a Chicago cop. Prosecutors also dropped a felony gun case on the day he pleaded guilty to the battery.
  • January 18 – A 19-year-old man killed his girlfriend while on probation for a gun charge.
  • January 27 – An 18-year-old man with gang ties gunned down an airport employee while on juvenile probation for gun possession.
  • February 4 – A 56-year-old man killed ex-girlfriend while on parole for strangling his previous partner.
  • February 6 – A 32-year-old man and previous 8-time felon burglarized a restaurant while on probation for burglarizing a nail salon.
  • February 6 – A 16-year-old male allegedly stabbed and killed a man while on parole for attempted murder. Earlier, he was found in possession of a stolen motor vehicle while on that same parole. That case was dropped.
  • February 7 – A 20-year-old man was charged with ‘brutal attack’ of a woman at Chicago Union Station after being released on similar charges under cashless bail law.
  • February 12 – A 33-year-old tow truck driver with two counts of attempted murder after he opened fire on two competitors over a job, while on felony pretrial release.
  • February 13 – A 19-year-old man was caught carrying three guns on CTA less than a month after being placed on “first-time weapon offender probation” for another felony gun case.
  • February 14 – An 18-year-old man killed an Uber driver while on juvenile probation for robbery. He also previously served time in the juvenile justice center for carjacking in 2021.

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2022-2023 Crime Comparison – Metropolitan Police, DC

Offense 2022 2023 Percent Change
Homicide 193 258 34%
Sex Abuse 156 155 -1%
Assault w/ a Dangerous Weapon 1,326 1,356 2%
Robbery 1,969 3,325 69%
Violent Crime – Total 3,644 5,094 40%
Burglary 1,008 1,048 4%
Motor Vehicle Theft 3,460 6,540 89%
Theft from Auto 7,411 7,408 0%
Theft (Other) 10,207 12,679 24%
Arson 4 10 150%
Property Crime – Total 22,090 27,685 25%
All Crime – Total 25,734 32,779 27%

 

Americans’ fear of crime has 40% saying ‘No’ to walking alone at night

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Important Takeaways:

  • 40% of Americans are afraid to walk alone at night — most in decades, poll says
  • Concerns about certain crimes are at their highest levels in decades, causing Americans to isolate themselves from their communities, according to new polling.
  • A recent Gallup poll found that 28% of Americans worry frequently or occasionally that they will be murdered, according to a Nov. 16 news release. That’s a near-record high.
  • Meanwhile, half of U.S. adults said they worry their car will be stolen or broken into, 37% worry they’ll be mugged and 32% are concerned about getting attacked while driving — near-record highs.
  • Additionally, the vast majority of Americans, 72%, worry they will fall victim to identity theft, according to the poll.
  • One-third, 34%, of Americans said concerns about crime prevent them from driving in certain areas of their communities, while 28% say these concerns keep them from attending events, including concerts, fairs and sporting games.
  • 28% of those polled said their anxiety about crime has prevented them from speaking to strangers.

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Crime has retailers locking down products from baby formula to underwear causing frustration to shoppers

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Important Takeaways:

  • Frustrated shoppers are forced to wait as long as 40 MINUTES to get their hands on basic groceries like toothpaste, baby formula and vitamins at Walmart and Target as retailers lock up products to combat soaring crime
  • Shoppers are being forced to wait as long as 40 minutes to buy basic essentials like baby formula and body wash as major retailers lock up products to counter skyrocketing rates of theft.
  • Reporters from Inside Edition visited five Targets, five Walmarts and five CVS stores in New York and New Jersey and timed how long it took for employees to retrieve different products from glass casings.
  • ‘Everything’s locked up,’ journalist Lisa Guerrero said as she stepped inside a Target in Manhattan where baby formulas, razors and cleaning products were kept under lock and key.
  • ‘They locked up the underwear,’ she quipped. ‘And the socks.’
  • In May, Target CEO Brian Cornell admitted that theft was costing the chain millions.
  • The company predicted $500million more in losses from theft this year on top of the $750 million in losses it incurred during its last fiscal year – meaning losses could top $1.2billion by the end of 2023.

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Our Nation’s Capitol is so ridden with crime that the Capitol police are being used to address street crime

Important Takeaways:

  • Crime is so bad in DC that Congress is distributing tips to avoid being carjacked in capitol
  • The District of Columbia is currently struggling to contend with increased criminal activity that has many questioning the safety of living in the city at all. Compared to this point in 2022, data from the D.C. Metropolitan Police shows that homicides are up 28% and on pace to reach their highest levels in more than 20 years. Robberies, meanwhile, are up 67%. Residents have testified to increasingly driving for short distances due to fear of going outside.
  • Amid the crime wave, the Mexican consulate in Washington, D.C., has warned its citizens that “The city of Washington, D.C. is experiencing a significant increase in crime in areas previously considered safe. Take precautions. In an emergency, call 911.”
  • It’s so concerning… to think in a city of just over 500,000 people that 5,000 cars have been stolen already this year,” Steil said during a Monday appearance on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show. “[T]hat’s 20 to 25 a day. Seven hundred of those have been the result of carjackings, where people are viciously thrown out of their cars and thrown out into the streets as the criminals drive away.”
  • “It’s unfortunate, but it’s also true that the advice that was given today included telling people to give space between their car and the car in front of them when they pull up to a stop sign or a stoplight so they can make an evasive maneuver if they have to,” he added. “That’s how out of control crime is in Washington, D.C., and it’s not only carjackings, and car thefts, but we’re seeing it with assault with burglary, robbery, murder.”
  • “This crime is so out of control, liberal President Joe Biden was embarrassed into nullifying the D.C. City Council on the D.C. mayor’s bill that would have been soft on crime,” Steil said. “But I think what we need to do is potentially go a step further. Why? Because Capitol Police resources are being used to address street crime rather than their true mission of safeguarding the Capitol… [W]e’re finding out that we’re having to do a lot of the street crime work that the Metropolitan Police Department should do. Why? The direct result of the liberal policies of D.C.’s local city government.”

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U-Turn: San Francisco increases budget for police and seeks recruitment from Texas

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Important Takeaways:

  • San Francisco tries to recruit cops from TEXAS as it faces shortage of hundreds of officers – and business leaders like Salesforce’s Marc Benioff slam the city’s widespread homelessness and drug use
  • San Francisco is trying to recruit cops from Texas as it faces a shortage of officers, after businessman Marc Benioff slammed the city’s homeless and drug problems.
  • The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is visiting four Texas university campuses throughout the month as part of a new recruitment drive.
  • Candidates from outside of the state of California will take a written test, a physical ability test and an interview to see if they make the cut.
  • Mayor London Breed was one of the first to openly speak out in support of defunding the police.
  • During a July 2020 press conference, Breed said: ‘We chose to change how this city and how this country treats our young Black men.’
  • Breed announced $120 million would be cut from the police and sheriff’s departments to reinvest in programs that help black and brown communities.
  • The following year, Breed u-turned on the decision and increased the police budget as the city faced a rampant rise in property crime and looting.
  • Latest figures up until Sunday show that there have been more homicides so far this year than the whole of last year.
  • Likewise, the number of robberies in the city is also higher now than for the whole of last year, with 1,989 reported incidents this year, compared to just 1,704 last year.
  • The number of total crimes this year is also closely catching up with last year’s full total, with 36,573 crimes committed this year, compared to 37,674 in 2022.

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Random violent acts sweeping the DC area: “like a wicked spirit is out there”

Important Takeaways:

  • A shaken Washington copes with surging violence: ‘This is not normal’
  • Violent crime has long been a part of Washington life, the worst of it during the early 1990s when drug trafficking propelled the annual homicide toll to nearly 500 and D.C. earned an inglorious reputation as America’s “Murder Capital.”
  • “It’s worse in some ways, like a wicked spirit is out there,” said Ronald Moten,
  • “You used to not have to worry about crime unless you were associated with the streets, with drug dealing. Now you could just be going down the street, going to the car and you can be killed.”
  • The randomness is reflected in statistics showing sharp increases in crime
  • It is not just gun violence that causes anxiety. There are the ubiquitous “porch pirates” stealing packages from doorsteps and thieves smashing car windows that add to a sense of lawlessness. A Giant Food market in Southeast announced last week that it would no longer keep brands like Advil and Tide on shelves to discourage shoplifters.
  • ‘There seems to be no consequences’
  • The spike in felonies — homicides and robberies are up 29 and 67 percent from the same time period last year, police statistics show — is not the only data that is causing alarm. The number of juveniles arrested for carjacking has increased slightly since last year, with 41 of the 64 charged between the ages of 12 and 15. As of Aug. 31, a total of 81 minors had been shot in the city this year, compared with 66 over the same span last year and 37 in 2021.

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High-end shops, banks, and restaurants leaving Beverly Hills due to high crime and online shopping

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Important Takeaways:

  • RIP Beverly Hills: Startling video shows how once-thriving shopping mecca is now a desolate wasteland as high-end shops, banks, and restaurants shutter their doors amid economic woes and crime
  • The closed shops, which also include convenience retailers like Rite Aid and Chipotle, and even popular workout class option SoulCycle, have shuttered their doors on Wilshire Boulevard, leaving the area bereft of its former appeal. Their sad decline marks a departure from the area’s lengthy heyday…
  • The reasons for the ample number of closures vary, as many brands see a decrease in demand for in-person retail experiences, while others pivot business strategies following acquisitions by other brands. The downturned economy has also negatively impacted most brands, but especially those marketing luxury products.
  • Businesses in Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles in general, are also in the midst of contending with a major spike in crime that has left many stores defenseless against mobs of robbers.

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American Societal Decline: Michael Snyder points out the evil roaming our streets

Important Takeaways:

  • America’s societal decline appears to be accelerating. Hordes of predators are roaming our streets, drug addiction has risen to unprecedented levels, and crime is completely out of control.
  • [KPTV reports] A 29-year-old man named Negasi Zuberi recently kidnapped a woman in Seattle and took her 450 miles away to his house in southern Oregon…
    • “According to the complaint, this woman was kidnapped, chained, sexually assaulted, and locked in a cinderblock cell. Police say, she beat the door with her hands until they were bloody in order to break free. Her quick thinking and will to survive may have saved other women from a similar nightmare,” says Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Stephanie Shark with the FBI Portland Field Office.
    • The victim was eventually able to break down the door to the cell when Zuberi was away, took a gun from his car and escaped the home. She then was able to flag down a passing driver who called 911.
  • Decades ago, this sort of story would have been front page news for weeks.
  • So why hasn’t this case gotten more attention from our national news networks?
  • It is because cases like this have become extremely common in our day and age.
  • According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are 917,771 registered sex offenders in the United States and its territories.
  • Meanwhile, other forms of crime also continue to rise.
  • [CWB Chicago reports] On Sunday evening, hundreds of young people in Chicago went on an extremely alarming looting rampage…
    • A large group of young people, mostly juveniles, ripped through the South Loop on Sunday evening, looting a convenience store, storming a Dunkin, and fighting as they ran through the streets. It was the second time in days that groups of teens targeted the area along Roosevelt Road.
    • Chicago police supervisors, in a departure from previous “large group” situations, encouraged cops to lock people up. They did. A total of 40 people, including 37 juveniles were taken into custody during the incident, according to a CPD spokesperson. Officers seized three firearms from the arrestees.
  • All over America, theft has become an enormous problem.
  • It is being projected that theft will cost U.S. retailers more than 100 billion dollars in 2023, and many are responding by literally “locking up items”…
  • Unfortunately, our leaders just continue to make self-destructive decision after self-destructive decision, and we are all going to pay a very great price for their unwise policies.

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Haiti is becoming too Dangerous: US officials request government personnel to leave

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Important Takeaways:

  • US Orders Government Personnel, Family Members to Leave Haiti
  • The U.S. State Department on Thursday ordered non-emergency government personnel and family members to leave Haiti as soon as possible, citing “kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor health care infrastructure.”
  • The State Department said U.S. citizens not working for the government should also leave Haiti as soon as possible “by commercial or other privately available transportation options.”
  • “Kidnapping is widespread, and victims regularly include U.S. citizens. Kidnappers may use sophisticated planning or take advantage of unplanned opportunities, and even convoys have been attacked,” the State Department said in a travel advisory.
  • Haiti has struggled to contain violence and chaos as heavily armed gangs drive a humanitarian crisis that has displaced tens of thousands amid frequent kidnappings for ransom, gang rapes, tortures and murders.
  • The Caribbean nation has not elected a new leader since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7, 2021.

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