Southern California Struck by Rise of ‘Burglary Tourism’ as Foreigners Rob Luxury Houses

The surge of third-world foreigners coming into the United States due to the Biden Administration’s open-borders policy has led to yet another startling trend of crime: “Burglary tourism,” where temporary visitors such as tourists and business travelers loot luxury homes before returning to their home country.

According to Fox News, authorities have warned of the risk of such robberies due to a technicality in the State Department that foreigners are taking advantage of with regards to temporary stays in the U.S. There are 41 countries that are members of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which permits tourists and business travelers from said countries to come into the United States for up to 90 days without needing a visa or to go through a screening process. During that period, foreigners could commit robberies and return to their home country before they are identified as suspects.

Some of the robberies have occurred due to foreigners obtaining relatively high-end equipment, including cellphone signal jammers to disrupt the Wi-Fi and security systems of expensive homes. Some burglars have even used camouflaged ghillie suits to hide in the bushes as they scope out a potential victim’s home. Criminals have also used boats to gain access to waterfront homes with private docks.

While the list of 41 countries in the Visa Waive Program includes key allies such as the United Kingdom, France, and South Korea, there is one Latin American country on the list: Chile. As such, foreigners from Chile and other less trustworthy countries are taking advantage of the 90-day grace period to fly to the U.S., rob wealthy homes, and return home.

“These are not crimes of opportunity,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer back in July. “These are carefully calculated and planned attacks on what should be our safe place – our homes.”

Spitzer also says that while Chile is supposed to carry out criminal background checks for anyone applying for the waiver program, it has largely failed to do so or to communicate this information to American authorities. As such, if any such foreign culprits are successfully apprehended and their criminal histories are unknown, they could be mistakenly treated by the U.S. as first-time offenders.

Among the most prominent areas impacted by this trend in migrant crime are Los Angeles and Orange County. In the latter, the LAPD established a task force for the purpose of combating such foreign crime. In Orange County, Spitzer has filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration due to its failure to respond to public records requests regarding any federal documentation on the matter.

Similar crimes are being carried out in other states as well, including New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO - DECEMBER 20: A U.S. Border Patrol agent speaks to immigrants blocked from entering a high-traffic illegal border crossing area along Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas on December 20, 2022 as viewed from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered 400 Texas National Guard troops and state police to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, which is under a state of emergency due to a surge of migrants crossing from Mexico into the city. Border officials expect an even larger migrant surge at the border if the pandemic era Title 42 regulation is lifted. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)