A longtime resident of San Francisco, Tom Wong, claimed on “Fox & Friends First” that homelessness and violence are both on the rise in the city. He notes that there was “no clear end” in sight for either issue, so he decided to move to the suburbs. Wong, a private security firm owner, said: “My business was robbed. It was broken into and my equipment was robbed. My vehicle was constantly being broken into.”
“There’s open drug use. One of my client’s sites is right next to a safe injection site and the street is literally filled with drug dealers. There are probably about 15-20 drug dealers around the clock on the same block. And the residents are scared. My client, he could barely protect his home. And it’s just really, really bad right now.”
According to an alarming new survey, nearly half of San Francisco residents had been robbed within the last five years. The poll, done by KQED, a California NPR affiliate, indicated that nearly half of San Franciscans had been robbed in the last five years, despite the city’s failure to address the crime problem.
According to a city count that is conducted every three years, San Francisco officials counted around 8K homeless people in February, which is the second-highest figure since 2005. Furthermore, according to a recent article in The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco’s homeless camp costs the public $60,000 per year for each tent, said NY Post. Wong expressed his grief at what had happened to the city where he was raised.
“It was a home that I knew and loved. We got here because of the district attorney, we’re loose on crime, we have open drug use, we’re a sanctuary city, it just doesn’t work. Their policies don’t work. It’s a feel-good, it’s a slogan, but it doesn’t work. And we need to change that,” Wong said.
Businesses in one of San Francisco’s hottest areas have threatened to withhold tax payments unless the area’s homeless population is removed and a stronger police presence is put in place by the city’s woke leaders.
The Castro Merchants Association, the association presenting 125 companies, sent a letter to city leaders outlining three demands: 35 beds for “mentally ill and substance-abusing individuals who have taken up residence in the Castro,” monthly metrics on services provided to the homeless in the Castro, and a plan developed in the event of a homeless person’s refusal to accept services.