SAN FRANCISCO – Smash and grabs, robberies, burglaries and open-air drug use have historically been contained to a few neighborhoods, but now criminals are targeting the city’s richest neighborhoods, the San Francisco police union chief told Fox News.
“Now you’re seeing crime in the more affluent areas,” Tracy McCray, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, told Fox News. “Larcenies shot off the charts.”
“The problems in the Tenderloin have escaped the Tenderloin.”
— Tracy McCray, San Francisco Police Officers Association president
Larceny, robbery, assaults and motor vehicle theft crimes were all up from 2020-2022, according to San Francisco police data. A recent string of armed robberies targeting women with children last month in a nice San Francisco neighborhood shocked residents.
CRIME IS LEAKING INTO SAN FRANCISCO’S NICER NEIGHBORHOODS: POLICE UNION CHIEF
Residents have expressed concerns over safety in the city for years.
“The problems in the Tenderloin have escaped the Tenderloin,” the union chief said of the historically drug-riddled neighborhood. “So now instead of it being just in this small area… it’s crossed over.”
“There were people who had substance abuse issues, maybe some mental health issues, but nothing like what you see today,” she said.
“You see people using drugs out in the open, having really just probably some of the most severe mental health issues out there,” McCray continued. “And it seems like there’s no help for them.”
To watch the full interview with McCray, click here.