Neighbor Sarah, who generously covers the Bernalwood Crime Beat, attended the SFPD’s Ingleside Station Chief’s Meeting last week. Here’s her detailed summary of the latest Bernal Heights crime news:
Edie and I attended the meeting last week. Apologies for the delay in getting these notes out — Edie typed them up right away, but it took me a while for me to make some additions.
Captain’s Report by Captain Daniel Mahoney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police precinct captains meet regularly to discuss the current activities across the city.
- Aggravated Assaults 23 incidents / 14 arrests / down 21% from last month / up 10% y-t-d. As usual, the majority were domestic violence.
- Robberies 24 incidents / 5 arrests / down 20% from last month / down 22% y-t-d.
- Sexual Assaults One, a homeless boy. Case is still under investigation.
- Burglaries 26 incidents / 7 arrests / down 40% from last month / up 32% y-t-d. From March to June there were lots of bicycle burglaries (40-50 + a month). Generally, these consisted of the thieves opening garage doors and taking bikes inside. Police investigators have been buying stolen bikes on Craigslist; they seized 20 / 125 / 80 bikes from three separate houses or storage units. In the last three to four weeks, there’s been only one bike theft, off a car. It appears they’ve caught the main perps. Remember that you can register your bicycles here.
- Auto Theft 49 incidents / 3 arrests / down 23% from last month / up 41% y-t-d. The Captain checks the recoveries of stolen autos. Normally cars are stolen and recovered in the same districts. This month cars recovered in the Ingleside were from other districts, and cars stolen here were recovered in other districts. Only one car was stolen AND recovered within the district.
- Theft from Auto 33 incidents / 0 arrests / down 23% from last month / down 24% y-t-d. Remember to keep car in garage if possible. Don’t leave anything of value in auto.
THEMES AND INCIDENTS
Sunnydale: This past month there was a 72-hour period with 3 shootings and 2 homicides. No random crime; these were all target hits. Captain’s response: he “flooded the zone” – making the response high visibility and high reactivity to stop the violence temporarily. He brought in motorcycle police, gang task force, violence response team, housing task forces, community response networks, and other outside resources to keep community presence strong. Rev Amos Brown came in and talked to community; police put out flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese announcing a series of community meetings.
Anonymous tip line for the Ingleside: 404-4035. Call this number to leave information on something that has already happened or may happen in the future. If an incident is happening now, call 911 or the non-emergency number for police to respond.
Great burglary arrests: Many burglars have come from the southeast section of SF targeting homes with Asian symbols and decorations. They believe that Asians don’t trust banks and keep their money in the house, not in the bank. Criminals will knock to make sure the house is empty before trying to break in – so don’t keep quiet – make noise!!
- Portola District: came to burgle a house, the owner came home and they kept her hostage.
- Upper Noe: Captain spotted and called in the burglar and everyone showed up in minutes.
Bus inspection rides: Ingleside officers were top in the city this month, with 1216 bus inspections. MUNI crime has decreased dramatically. On the bus – don’t take your expensive electronics out and play with them while sitting near the door. They can easily be stolen.
Bayshore: There was an early morning stabbing on a bus on Bayshore. Great pictures were taken (MUNI video is excellent), an officer recognized the juvenile perp, and they were able to arrest him shortly.
Traffic: Pedestrian crosswalk violation activity (decoys cross the street and if motorists don’t stop, they’re talked to or ticketed). Areas they are targeting for traffic are San Jose, Alemany, Diamond Heights. They decide on areas to target based on number of accidents or community complaints. Pedestrian ops will be focused on Mission, Monterey, Diamond/Chenery, and Elk.
Graffiti: There’s been increased tagging on Alemany, and around Geneva and Mission. Look for tags that say “OKER”. If you see one, call the Ingleside station. If you see someone in the process of tagging OKER, call immediately!
Captain’s communications: The Captain puts a newsletter on the Ingleside website: Inglesidepolicestation.com You can also sign on for the RSS feed to get and email of crime incidents.
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