Now that the union has formally stepped in to the mayor's office to voice concern over the growing number of attacks against Bay Area TV News crews, one might think the problem will go away--it won't, and it's only going to get worse.
The bad guys know the news vans are out there. "We're sitting ducks!", a local reporter told me sometime back. "They're watching us right there. They know where we're reporting them and they can hatch up a plan in moments. It's crazy!"
And security isn't a deterrent as a team that got attacked last summer had a security guard armed to the teeth. It didn't help.
News vans and staff could help matters. Stations could also use some common sense. I've said in the past that a news van plastered with a station's logo is a no-no. An unmarked van would do wonders; it sounds goofy but it isn't. Will it make the bad guys go away? No, but it wouldn't hurt either.
News crews could also do live shots in the vicinity of the area; if it's a crime scene location, that's tough, I get it but what's the alternative? More attacks. Sorry to say this nasty and unfortunate wave of violence against Bay Area News Crews doesn't seem to go away anytime soon.