Crime is spiking across California - and the latest numbers should be cause for alarm. According to the latest statistics from the Public Policy Institute of California, in 2021 California homicides spiked 41.2% and aggravated assaults by 18% when compared with pre-pandemic 2019 levels.
Property crimes went up 2.4% between 2020 and 2021, but experts say California’s property crime statistics have become completely useless because many businesses and residents have simply given up reporting them because they know police and prosecutors no longer enforce property laws.
What is fueling California’s spike in crime? Bad laws and even worse politicians.
“For the last 12 years, California Democrats have been on a mission to make life easier for criminals at the expense of law-abiding residents - and literally every single bill they have passed on criminal justice has been in favor of giving criminals more rights and more leeway,” says Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.
DeMaio points to a litany of laws state Democrats have passed since 2012 as evidence:
“While Democrats are taking tools away from law enforcement and prosecutors, they are also demeaning the profession of policing by calling cops racist thugs prone to using excessive force - and you wonder why we now have massive vacancies in California’s local police departments,” DeMaio notes.
DeMaio says voters are slowly waking up to the crime wave and that presents an important opportunity to make much-needed changes to put criminals back behind bars where they belong.
DeMaio points to a recent Berkeley/IGS poll which found that 78% of voters say crime has risen statewide, with 65% of voters saying crime has increased in their local area. Another poll by Politico/Morning Consult shows 75% of voters blame the liberal policy of “defund the police” as the main cause of rising crime.
That’s why DeMaio’s Reform California has launched a “Restore Public Safety” campaign to educate and engage voters and urge them to vote criminal-coddling politicians out of office at the state and local levels. (Join the Restore Public Safety Campaign)
DeMaio is also encouraging the handful of Republicans in the state legislature to get more aggressive in proposing legislative fixes to combat crime - and he’s pleased with a recent package of laws proposed.
In fact, California Republicans in the state legislature have recently introduced a package they say will “Make Crime in California Illegal Again.” Among the proposals:
“With rising crime getting the attention of California voters, it is crucial that Republicans continue to offer bold policy alternatives, like this bill package, that really speak to the average Californian — and show them that there can be a different and proactive approach to solve issues like rising crime,” DeMaio says.