Californian leaders should just resign already. They should be ashamed of themselves for allowing their state to continue to be littered with human waste and on the brink of spreading medieval diseases. You’d think that this story about an increase in crime rates would be due to the booming homeless population. But no, the increased rate of crime is actually due to lawmakers making life easier for criminals. They have passed a law making it so thieves can steal nearly $100o worth of merchandise and get off with nothing more than a fine if they are caught…Are legislators trying to encourage theft?
“Prop 47, known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, passed in 2014. It was intended to keep non-violent criminals out of crowded prisons. And, among other things, the law more than doubled the amount a suspect could steal before facing a felony from $450 to $950.
Since 2014, police records show the annual loss to retail theft in Vacaville has more than doubled. Records show reports of organized retail theft in Vacaville, crimes with multiple suspects, are up 40 percent this year compared to before Prop 47.
FBI crime data also shows retail theft state-wide is up. The California Police Chiefs believe it’s because the penalties have gone down.
“The consequences are so small in nature that it makes that risk worth it,” Donaldson explained.
Store policy and police involvement could also factor into the equation as to why these crime rates are on the rise. Store employees are now usually told to only observe and report the incident afterward to the police. But due to the 2014 proposition, local authorities now devote fewer manhours to thefts as they are only misdemeanors.
The police, however, have come up with a remedy to this asinine law.
“The Police Chiefs Association is now sponsoring legislation that would amend Prop 47, adding a felony for serial theft with a value of $250 below the pre-Prop 47 limits.
“The Keep California Safe initiative would help California by revising the theft threshold, adding a felony for serial theft. The initiative would require that when a person is caught for the 3rd time stealing with a value of $250, it becomes a felony,” said Ronald A. Lawrence, CPCA President.”
This is partially Californians fault as well since they approved the proposition. But still, the legislators should have known better and ditched the proposition before it became law.