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Crime has gone up in many Silicon Valley cities. We observe an uptick with residential break-ins, car break-ins/thefts, phishing, identity thefts etc. This has created uneasy minds and a sense of discomfort when we are parking our cars or when we head out on our vacations. See the adjacent burglary stat table.

As a councilmember of Saratoga, Rishi has worked hard to reduce crime in his community with a series of innovative measures. Rishi dropped burglaries by 41% from 2016 to 2017. This was the largest year to year drop in the history of Saratoga and the most significant drop compared to any other Silicon Valley city. As a result, Rishi was re-elected to the Saratoga City Council with the most votes in city history. Rishi will ensure that as your congressman, we drop burglaries in your city by replicating Saratoga’s approach and success.

Rishi is cognizant of racial profiling and absolutely does not support this in any shape or form as part of the neighborhood safety protocol and tips. We have put together a handy cheat sheet with the Top 25 Safety Tips how to keep your home safe, tailored to your city. Also, click here to check out Rishi’s modus operandi to reduce burglaries.

Download the Top 25 Safety Tips

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How to Stay Safe From Identity Theft and Other Financial Crimes

We have compiled a useful PDF for you containing everything you need to know to protect yourself. Download Identity Theft Tips

As your Congressman, crime in your city will always get my full attention and I will reduce crime in your city, period.

As a councilmember, I fought crime one home, one family, and one neighborhood at a time, and in 2016, my city had the largest year to year drop in not only our city’s history but also when compared to every city in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Fighting crime and making your neighborhood safe was a key component of my local government agenda and is now part of my congressional agenda.

Many of our residents have described having their home burglarized as one of the most unsettling moments of their lives. Some said they couldn’t sleep for months. Your home should be your sanctuary and you should feel safe. EVERY neighborhood deserves this!

Our governor recently called California as looking like a 3rd world country and part of the reason is Prop 47 which made it harder to prosecute thefts as felonies, tying prosecutors and police hands.

I have always believed in taking action:

  • I continue calling out the fallacies of Prop 47 that have led to the spike in crime and even organized signatures to reverse the Prop 47 outcome. Aspects of Prop 47 need to go!
  • I organized and held over hundred neighborhood meetings to discuss crime and consider actions we could take, while identifying new leaders in these neighborhoods and empowering them to take charge.
  • We established a call to action and implemented 25 different crime and safety steps that are deterrents for every home. This document tailored for your city can be downloaded from my website - just enter Safety Tips into the search box.
  • We developed a playbook for neighborhood collaboration: to formalize Neighborhood Safety Watch Programs, launch annual block parties, install camera systems, and watch out for each other. Our city went from 3 active Neighborhood Watch Programs to over 70 today.
  • Ultimately, our city decided to fund the neighborhood efforts to organize, and dedicate a staffer whose responsibility is the success of the Neighborhood Safety Watch programs.

Rising crime was a big problem and we developed a strong framework for neighbors to connect, communicate and collaborate that continues to keep our crime rate low today..

Again, my pledge as your Congressman, crime will get my focused attention and I will drop crime in your city, period.

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