Thefts rise after California reduces criminal penalties

California Crime
FILE - This undated photo provided by the San Francisco Police Department shows a pair of ice skates belonging to U.S. Olympic figure skater Marissa Castelli, stolen in a car break-in while Castelli and her parents visited San Francisco. Independent researchers say that California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 led to a jump in thefts, particularly car burglaries and shoplifting. The Public Policy Institute of California reported Tuesday, June 12, 2018 that larcenies increased about 9 percent from 2014 to 2016. Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries in 2017. (San Francisco Police Department via AP, File)

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