The San Francisco Examiner reports that according to the SFPD, “cops respond to the mall up to three times a day and as many as five time on Saturdays,” putting an added strain on the department’s resources.
If they do add the substation, an officer could be on hand to respond to incidents. Interim San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Godown told the Examiner that “the department has also suggested handing the power to cite shoplifters directly over to stores.” He said this is something some department stores in Sacramento have successfully implemented.
Stores at the mall generally hire their own private security guards in an effort to limit shoplifting. Many store mangers at Westfield told the paper that they support the idea of adding a substation, as they have had a problem with police response times.
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