“The problem with auto break-ins is that they happen so quickly, just a few seconds,” [said Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department]. “Before anyone can do anything about it, they are long gone.”...I'm for surveillance cameras and criminal law enforcement and no thievery, but come on people, don't leave a purse visible in an unattended car. Maybe the police should bait some cars with purses containing a tracking device. (In Sacramento, there's a successful bait bike program.)
Police are barred by city ordinance from installing surveillance cameras that are commonly found in other cities...
On Wednesday, another car was broken into below her window. A woman who was dropping off her daughter at a day care center had parked for 10 minutes and returned to find her window smashed and her purse gone.
“It’s just insane,” Ms. Calson said. “On and on and on it goes.”
* Presumably not with a baseball bat wearing a canary-yellow dress.