Security Escorts for Bayview Elders
Since the violent attacks involved young people attacking elderly Chinese, it may sound strange to turn around and hire young people to protect them. But Gascón told the newspaper's editors that he believes more community participation, particularly by young people, is vital to a long-term strategy against crime.
"As long as more people participate in community activities, this community will be more secure," Gascón told the World Journal. "Culprits will have a very difficult time committing a crime because there are so many eyes watching them."
In another article in World Journal, Supervisor Carman Chu said the participants in the security escort program should not be limited to a certain ethnicity. Chu said the young people hired to be security escorts should be from Bayview and Visitacion Valley because they will be more familiar with the neighborhood; they should wear some kind of uniform or badge indicating that they are at work and are responsible for bringing the elders home safely; and they should come from different ethnic groups, so the job can help build up inter-ethnic communication and respect.