FOSTER CITY, Calif. (KGO) — Residents of a quiet peninsula town are taking extra precautions after a spate of criminal activity, and the statistics that show their concerns may be valid.
With the lunchtime rush at Chez Xue in Foster City, comes a sign of Bay Area woes as soon as you enter.
Signs stating “CASH ONLY” can be seen at reception where orders are taken.
“It’s very scary to see other businesses, especially in Chinatown in SF or other high crime areas, being robbed. We thought it would be best to convert our business to the card just so that we are not a target for people to steal money,” said You You Xue, who along with his family owns the restaurant.
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But ironically, shortly after the signs appeared, Xue’s sense of security collapsed on Monday morning.
“I was absolutely blown away,” he said.
Restaurant surveillance shows a man breaking the safe in the front door and looking around in the kitchen. Another video shows him stacking boxes of iPads and stealing four cans of cooking oil.
“I can understand why it’s worth almost as much as the iPad!” Xue said.
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Cooking oil costs $50 a can, which has more than doubled during the pandemic, and it’s like liquid gold for restaurants these days.
The Foster City Police Department said it recovered the stolen iPads Thursday in San Francisco and is examining different persons of interest based on the location of the devices and interviews conducted.
Foster City is known for its idyllic lagoon and waterways and is not a place that gets much news. The city’s website even boasts of being the 63rd safest city in America.
Fans of restaurants outside Chez Xue agree, saying their neighborhoods are generally quiet.
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However, just weeks ago, after an 85-year-old man was followed home from Costco across the street and had his $30,000 Rolex stolen, Xue and some community members are even more alert.
“I think it’s very unfortunate that business owners need to look over their shoulder all the time,” Xue said.
These feelings of insecurity seem to be valid.
According to FBI statistics, property crimes have been on the rise in Foster City since 2019, with a significant increase from 482 cases in 2020 to 608 in 2021. Although data for this year is not yet available, this is not yet available. prevent Xue from taking extra precautions.
“Instead of focusing on food, we need to focus on safety. It’s disappointing, but until we see further changes, it’s a reality of doing business in the Bay Area,” did he declare.
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