If you’ve been paying attention to Bernalwood’s regular crime reports, you’ve probably noticed two major trends: 1) Robberies involving the theft of iPhone and Android smartphones are way way up (not just in Bernal, but all over San Francisco); and 2) Car break-ins are a growing problem, as thugs go in search of either the aforementioned iGadgets or garage door openers.
In light of these sad facts, your Bernal neighbors and community groups have been working to equip all Citizens of Bernalwood with the information you need to prevent crime and — just as importantly! — properly report crime when you see it.
Let’s start with the crime-reporting part. Neighbor Sarah, Bernalwood’s valiant liaison with the SFPD, recently shared a very handy summary of police phone numbers to use if you see or are a victim of a vehicle break-in:
There has been some confusion about when you should call and when you’re allowed to file a report with the police.
- DO call the police if you see break-ins occurring, even if it isn’t your car that is being broken into.
- Call 911 if you see someone actually breaking in.
- If you see someone who appears to be looking into cars but hasn’t yet broken in, call 553-0123.
- You cannot have the police take a report AFTER THE FACT (such as when you notice a bunch of broken car windows in the morning) on any car that is NOT your own.
- If your car IS broken into, please DO file a police report, even if you have no intention of submitting a claim to insurance. The police really need the data about where and when the break-ins are occurring so they can increase patrols, etc. This takes about five minutes to do online.
Meanwhile, in the wake of last January’s unpleasant iDevice crime wave, several of our most glamorous neighborhood organizations joined forces to produce a handy one-page directory of crimefighting information resources. (TIP: If you want to print your own copy of the guide, download this pdf version for best results.)
Let’s stay safe out there, people.