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Car owners in San Francisco leave their trunks open to avoid windows smashed, mayor declares emergency

Christian Fernsby |
Vehicle break ins in San Francisco have become so commonplace that some car owners have resorted to leaving their trunks open to avoid having the windows smashed by thieves.

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A photo taken in San Francisco showed two SUVs parked side by side with their trunks ajar and no one inside the vehicles.

The mayor of San Francisco declared a state of emergency on Friday in Tenderloin, an effort to bring down overdose deaths and violent crime in one of the city's poorest and most drug infested neighborhoods.

Mayor London Breed said at a press conference that the city was in 'crisis' and that the streets were 'nasty' as more crime and drug overdoses littered the streets.

'We are in a crisis and we need to respond accordingly,' she said on Friday. 'Too many people are dying in this city, too many people are sprawled on our streets.'

'We have to meet people where they are.'

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