In this May 12, 2016 photo, Jeremiah Munavu, lead technician at Auto Glass Now, installs a new window on a car in a garage in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Across the street from San Francisco's main jail, business is booming at Auto Glass Now where more than a dozen motorists show up on an average day to replace windows broken by thieves.San Francisco is in the grips of an auto burglary epidemic.San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently put some of the blame on local judges, who he said needed to get tougher on those arrested for the break-ins.The nearly 26,500 reported burglaries have also become a flashpoint in the debate over Proposition 47, a big portion of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reform package that reduced some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. There were 19,871 reported auto burglaries in 2014, almost double from the 10,369 in 2011 -- and not everyone calls the police when they wake up to a burglarized vehicle.San Francisco's police say combatting auto burglaries is a priority, but the department needs more officers.The San Francisco police officers' union has run radio ads blaming Proposition 47 for the spike and noting that District Attorney George Gascon helped draft the law. Gascon's office counters that other California cities haven't experienced the same increase in auto burglaries.
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