San Francisco residents hire private security amid car break-ins


By Suzie Ziegler

SAN FRANCISCO – Some San Francisco residents are hiring private security guards to patrol their neighborhoods after they say property crime has gotten out of hand, CBS San Francisco reports.

Resident Katie Lyons says she pays for Special Patrol Officer Alan Byard’s security services. Special patrol officers work as private patrollers and are overseen by the San Francisco Police Board, according to the report.

Byard walks in his car from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for $ 65 a month per house. He says business has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.

“It’s a beautiful neighborhood here, people are afraid of what’s going on,” Byard told CBS San Francisco. “They want a safe place to raise their children. In the past year, 10 of my clients have moved out of town.”

Social media videos of car break-ins and petty theft have fueled fear in the community.

Now, the city of San Francisco is offering a reward of up to $ 100,000 for information leading to the arrest of people involved in organized car burglary operations, according to an update from CBS San Francisco. The award was funded by private donors from the hospitality and tourism sector.

Police believe less than a dozen regular auto burglary teams are responsible for most auto break-ins in San Francisco. Police chief Bill Scott said more patrols helped.

“We managed to break some of these operations, but there are a lot more people,” Scott said in the report.

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