FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, inmates pass the time at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff, in downtown Los Angeles. 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.
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, inmates pass the time at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff, in downtown Los Angeles. 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. Reed Saxon, File AP Photo
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, inmates pass the time at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff, in downtown Los Angeles. 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. Reed Saxon, File AP Photo

Study: Reduced criminal penalties contributed to more thefts

June 12, 2018 11:06 PM