San Francisco DA Has New Broken Windows Theory

City should reimburse auto burglary victims, Boudin will say

Matt Bigler
February 12, 2020 - 10:19 am
Chesa Boudin, San Francisco's district attorney elect, has vowed to reduce prosecutions of homeless people for low-level crimes.

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Some victims of car burglaries in San Francisco should be reimbursed for broken windows, according to a unique proposal from the city's district attorney. 

Chesa Boudin said that the city should repay residents, but not tourists, for repairing windows that get smashed during break-ins. 

San Francisco is facing an epidemic of auto burglaries, although the annual number of such incidents has dropped from a 2017 peak. 

There were more than 25,000 car burglaries last year in San Francisco, pushing the city's property crime rate to the highest in the country. In 2017, there were 31,000 car break-ins. 

Boudin, swept into office recently on a progressive platform, will reportedly announce his idea Wednesday. One of his first acts as district attorney was to eliminate the cash bail system.

The proposal to fix shattered windows would have to be approved by Mayor London Breed. It is projected to cost $1.5 million. 

Tourists, who are often targeted by thieves near Fisherman's Wharf, Twin Peaks and other possible sites, would not be eligible, under Boudin's idea.