“That’s about as naive as I have ever heard anything in my life. Nobody’s going to not break into your car.” – Chip Franklin, KGO810 Host
Fed up San Franciscan’s are getting creative when it comes to deterring car break-ins, which reached an all-time high in the city in 2017 despite efforts by local law enforcement.
Residents are taking matters into their own hands and turning to the mighty power of words, covering their vehicles with notes in an effort to connect with the would-be thief, according to an exclusive ABC7 News report.
Documented messages left by automobile owners included: “We are a poor family with two kids. No values inside except diapers,” “Someone already took the entire glove box — literally” and “We cannot afford paying for more windows, thank you!”
Creativity contest! Okay it’s not really a contest BUT I do want to hear from you! Have you taken a pic of a note in or on a car like this? Please show me your best plea to SF car break in thieves! @SFCarBreakins @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/H8X1nppTyc
— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) September 12, 2018
“In one sense, it’s creative and it does follow the strategy that people are taking responsibility. But on the other hand, it’s really sad that people feel they have to do that,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told ABC7 News in response to the pictures.
Host Chip Franklin had harsher words to describe the tactic — “pathetic” and “naive.”
In the podcast below, he explains why he thinks the idea of appealing to criminals is a moot point, an argument his co-host, Nikki Medoro, contested! The two turned to listeners to find out whose opinion was more popular!