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San Francisco is torn as crime situation worsens

City is divided over whether to respond with stronger law enforcement or stick to its forgiving attitudes

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Ms Calson has witnessed from her apartment window tourists crying after their cash and passports were stolen and a Thai tourist being shot because he resisted thieves taking his camera.

San Francisco

FROM her apartment at the foot of the celebrated zigzags of Lombard Street, Judith Calson has twice peered out of her window as thieves smashed their way into cars and snatched whatever they could. She has seen foreign tourists cry after cash and passports were stolen. She