California Legalized Theft. Everyone’s Packages Were Stolen.

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California Legalized Theft. Everyone’s Packages Were Stolen.
Porch piracy is what happens when stealing isn’t against the law.
By Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

California legalized theft with Proposition 47. Since then pharmacies and small businesses have been forced to shut down by a wave of shoplifters with nothing to fear from the law.

But it’s not just stores that are reeling from the crime wave unleashed by criminal justice reform.

Proposition 47 was passed in 2014. LAPD crime data shows that package thefts shot up from 500 to 700 between 2014 to 2015. By 2016, they rose to 1,000, and 1,200 in 2017.

In Sawtelle, home to Little Tokyo and a historic Japanese neighborhood, package theft went from practically zero to a record high in only a few years after Democrats legalized stealing.

Legalizing theft didn’t just hit stores, but led to an epidemic of ‘porch piracy’.

In Los Angeles, brazen criminals took to driving behind delivery trucks and stealing the packages as soon as they were delivered. Others dressed up in Amazon uniforms.

But nowhere was the problem as bad as in the pro-crime metropolis of San Francisco.

Porch piracy has been growing across America alongside the Black Lives Matter riots and the election of Democrat mayors, council members, and prosecutors who support criminals.

In 2018, less than a third of people responding to a survey said that they had been ripped off, but by 2020, the number had shot up all the way to 43%. One survey estimated that porch pirates had been responsible for over $5 billion in thefts in cities across the country.

But San Francisco has topped the nation in package thefts for two years straight.

It’s no coincidence that California, which has led the way in legalizing crime, accounts for three of the top ten cities for porch pirates and that the state ranks third in the nation. But San Francisco has been unique in its tolerance for crime and contempt for crime victims.

Pharmacies have been shutting down across San Francisco due to the shoplifting epidemic, and as the nation’s Big Tech capital turned to online retail, the thieves turned to porch piracy. Big Tech companies have urged homeowners to adopt high tech solutions like doorbell cameras, but recording the thieves is next to useless when nothing happens to them.

One article chronicled a multi-year effort by a socialist union leader, a Google employee, and a lesbian BLM supporter to stop a heroin addict who was repeatedly caught stealing packages. The junkie blamed racism, and refused to show up in court. Police officers came, wrote her tickets, and she went right on stealing. Judges issued bench warrants, and then released her, telling her to report to drug rehab, and she went right back to stealing. While one of her victims was in court waiting for the case to be heard, the thief was stealing packages from his porch.

She was hit with a stay-away order, forced to wear an ankle monitor, and none of it helped.

When a trial finally happened, she was convicted and sent to a drug rehab program. She failed drug tests, refused to show up for hearings, went on stealing packages, and was sentenced to more drug rehab.

And that’s what happens when people spend a lot of time and effort to try and get justice.

San Francisco is both the epicenter of the tech industry and the pro-crime movement. Big Tech donors have fueled the rise of pro-crime prosecutors like George Gascon and Chesa Boudin, even as they have cashed in by selling doorbell cameras and package security systems. But surveillance technologies are useless when there’s no law enforcement to back them up.

A packaging supply company conducted a survey and found that the “four states with the lowest search rates of package theft (Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas came 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively) were all southern states.” The company concluded that “the south is safer from porch piracy than the north.” But California isn’t the north. The issue isn’t geography, it’s the law.

A bill to criminalize porch piracy was killed last year. It’s been reintroduced again this year.

“It doesn’t matter how many times somebody steals a package, it’s still only a misdemeanor. And in California right now, a misdemeanor is usually a citation. People aren’t showing up for their court dates or not paying the misdemeanors, and they just keep on stealing from people’s porches,” Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) noted.

Why shouldn’t porch pirates steal packages when all they come away with is a citation?

As long as the porch pirates steal less than $950 worth of packages, it’s classified as petty theft. The same decriminalization of theft that led to an epidemic of shoplifting, forcing stores and pharmacies to close, has also led to a boom in porch piracy. When brick-and-mortar stores close, that leaves people more dependent on online deliveries and vulnerable to porch pirates.

In an economy dominated by Big Tech, porch piracy, like everything else, has become a weapon in a rivalry between unfathomably huge companies. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his radical leftist wife, Patty Quillin, have been some of the biggest pro-crime donors.

The Netflix CEO was the sixth biggest donor for Proposition 47. The Big Tech boss vastly outspent pro-victim donors opposed to legalizing theft. While legalizing theft had little impact on Netflix, whose big product is an online subscription service, it’s hurting Amazon, one of its biggest video streaming competitors. Ordinary Californians are just Netflix’s collateral damage.

Homeowners are turning to locked delivery boxes and rigged packages. A cottage industry of companies provides doorstep security solutions and YouTube is full of guides to rigging up every type of package trap from glitter bombs to fouler concoctions to surprise porch pirates.

But no matter what homeowners do, the rates of porch piracy keep rising because glitter bombs will never be as effective a deterrent as a working criminal justice system.

Proposition 47 hasn’t just hurt stores. The thieves empowered by criminal justice reform have stolen birthday presents, prom dresses, and priceless heirlooms. They’ve destroyed special days and stolen moments that can never be replaced. And above all else they’ve robbed millions of ordinary people of their sense of security in their own homes.

California’s experiment in legalizing theft has been successful in stealing public safety.

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Batman

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The almost hedonistic zeal and pleasure these slime ball shoplifters are having is absolutely alarming..........but what is the most alarming is that our society (LEOs, Prosecutors, Judges, Politicians, and every day citizens) is letting this happen. Not being able to patrol, stop, and control crime is bad but not being willing to seems to me to be worse. And now the thievery goes to even new levels..........very disturbing.
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
When you legalize crime and/or stop punishing criminals the number of thieves and burglars and robbers and murderers and kidnappers will grow exponentially. As we've seen. We live in an evil world that requires some restraint to avoid falling into anarchy. That's a job of govmint in modern times. Rule of Law. Since the rule of law is being tossed out, we're headed towards anarchy. Expect it to get way worse than it is now.
 

Rocky Rivera

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When you legalize crime and/or stop punishing criminals the number of thieves and burglars and robbers and murderers and kidnappers will grow exponentially. As we've seen. We live in an evil world that requires some restraint to avoid falling into anarchy. That's a job of govmint in modern times. Rule of Law. Since the rule of law is being tossed out, we're headed towards anarchy. Expect it to get way worse than it is now.
That's why the Second Amendment is so important, and I'm grateful to God to be living in a country that at least does have a Second Amendment, despite how the liberal politicians infringe on it. All those logical pro-gun arguments, including the one that posits criminals by nature do not obey the law? They know all of that. But they want to take away our means of self-defense so they can have the freedom to hurt us when / where / how they want without any potential for resistance. Your "elected" officials and criminals want the freedom to be able to hurt you without meeting the possibility of resistance.
 

RobinMc

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So what happens when a home owner confronts a thief, and it escalates and the home owner shoots the person? I can't help but think the home owner would be charged to the maximum and the thief would be treated like a victim.
(and I'm not suggesting someone shoot someone over an amazon pkg)
 

Rocky Rivera

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So what happens when a home owner confronts a thief, and it escalates and the home owner shoots the person? I can't help but think the home owner would be charged to the maximum and the thief would be treated like a victim.
(and I'm not suggesting someone shoot someone over an amazon pkg)
I'm imagining that one of these days someone is going to order a poisonous snake for a pet by mail, and some porch pirate will steal the package and open it up....
 

Batman

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It's very complicated and way too much time would be needed to vet fully, but........Many states now have the castle doctrine all have lethal force justification laws regarding ones belief that lethal force was necessary to prevent serious bodily harm, death, etc. Beyond that there are 3 "laws of jeopardy" that might be looked at..............ability and opportunity and jeopardy.

Shooting an Amazon package thief would require something to prove you were in fear of your life and a weapon would be one possibility, but a 90 pound 90 year old person with limited on no mobility could also have such fear even of a person without a weapon if that person met ability, opportunity and jeopardy with size, athleticism, verbal threats, etc. or was planning to entrap the weaker person and burn them inside the structure (arson).
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
Everyone in the neighborhood needs to get outside and watch out for each other. When people are all locked up inside, afraid of everything, including their own shadows, and they probably don't even know their neighbors, neighborhoods deteriorate, people fear and hate, and that's how freedom dies and crime thrives :tappingfoot

I know first-hand that this works :tappingfoot
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
So what happens when a home owner confronts a thief, and it escalates and the home owner shoots the person? I can't help but think the home owner would be charged to the maximum and the thief would be treated like a victim.
(and I'm not suggesting someone shoot someone over an amazon pkg)

Amazing what happens when *everyone* is videoing. Amazing what happens when neighbors look out for one another and secure packages for those that are at work, doctor, etc. A little communication between neighbors is all that's necessary to make this happen. Tracking when a package is arriving is easy these days. Calling in the license plate(s) of the vehicle(s) following the UPS, FedEx, etc. truck to the police is easy. UPS and Fedex will (sometimes) push the issue, but often can't because the driver can't/doesn't see the parade of porch pirates behind him/her and certainly doesn't have photos/video of the thieves. However, if residents give such evidence to police (or the delivery service if the police are unresponsive), something can be done. But it's a whole lot easier if someone is expecting and waiting outside/on the porch for the package.

Porch pirates often follow delivery trucks, or arrive shortly after the delivery truck has left. The routes are the same time, same place day after day after day, so easy for thieves. Even unlabeled vehicles only help a little.
 

GotGrace

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When you legalize crime and/or stop punishing criminals the number of thieves and burglars and robbers and murderers and kidnappers will grow exponentially. As we've seen. We live in an evil world that requires some restraint to avoid falling into anarchy. That's a job of govmint in modern times. Rule of Law. Since the rule of law is being tossed out, we're headed towards anarchy. Expect it to get way worse than it is now.
I can hardly stand this world now so I don’t look forward to it getting worse.
 

Andy C

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California legalized theft with Proposition 47.
Thats not entirely true. Stealing 950 dollars or less of merchandise is still a misdemeanor under the new proposition. However, thief’s know that the police are less likely to arrest anyone for fear of being profiled and face possible charges themselves, or not intervening because of the amount of paperwork that must be filed, which doesnt always lead to prosecution.

Just another of many reasons to get out of the state if you can financially afford to do so.
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
So what happens when a home owner confronts a thief, and it escalates and the home owner shoots the person? I can't help but think the home owner would be charged to the maximum and the thief would be treated like a victim.
(and I'm not suggesting someone shoot someone over an amazon pkg)

There's a good chance that at the Federal level they'll use what happened to push for gun control. The person who righteously protected their property will likely end up in prison with a long sentence while porch pirating continues unabated...
 

Footsteps

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23 States have castle doctrine laws based on "Your home is your castle" but as stated above, Google your own State's details because the nuances are important. Most are "Stand your ground" States, meaning you can shoot if you believe your life was in peril unless you defended yourself. Depending on the State, that does not mean you can automatically kill a tresspasser. The "castle" can extend to your car DEPENDING on the State. Study your own State's statutes very carefully.
Castle doctrine laws exist primarily in the South. As for Yankee territory - well, I can't say much because I know little about foreign nations.
 
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