Category Archives: Crime

Boozy Miscreants Use Dormant Home as Million-Dollar Party Shack

It is 2014 and San Francisco is booming, housing is scarce, real estate is ridiculously expensive, and Bernal Heights is officially the sexiest neighborhood in the entire galaxy. And yet, somehow, in the middle of all this, it’s still possible for … Continue reading

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Bernal Heights Home Fire Reveals Marijuana Grow Farm

KCBS reports that an overnight fire in a Mayflower Street night revealed an unexpected surprise: Firefighters battled a one-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood where they uncovered an illegal marijuana grow operation this morning, a fire dispatcher said. … Continue reading

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Occupy Bernal Disavows Rogue Graffiti on Peralta Home

Over the weekend a home on the 600 block of Peralta Avenue in Bernal Heights was tagged with Occupy Bernal Heights graffiti, prompting several neighbors to share photos of the damage with Bernalwood. Graffiti seems incongruent with the above-board (and generally impressive) tactics of … Continue reading

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Your Bernal Heights Crime Report for May 2014: Violent Crime Down, Property Crimes Up, and Dates with Prostitutes May Not Go as Planned

Neighbor Sarah, your invaluable volunteer Bernal Heights crime reporter, attended the SFPD Ingleside Community meeting in June, and she filed these summary notes on the latest Bernal Heights crime trends. Read on, read carefully, be smart, and stay safe: Notes … Continue reading

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“Graffiti Bandit” Eliminates Graffiti, Keeps West Bernal Sexy, Needs Your Help

There’s an anti-graffiti warrior on patrol along Bernal’s western frontier, and Neighbor Jaime Ross with the North West Bernal Alliance tells Bernalwood he could use your support: North West Bernal has a one-man graffiti abatement program. His name is Joe (shown above), and until recently … Continue reading

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Your Bernal Heights Crime Report for April 2014: General Trends Good, But Rapes Are Up

Neighbor Sarah, your invaluable volunteer Bernal Heights crime reporter, attended the SFPD Ingleside Community meeting on DATETK, and she shares these notes on the latest Bernal Heights crime patterns. Executive Summary: Trending positive. Read on, read carefully, and stay safe: Here … Continue reading

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Suspected “Zombie Walker” Thief Arrested; Nevada Street Neighbors Greatly Relieved

Neighbor D. explains why some residents of Nevada Street are feeling a little more secure this week: Well, the wandering zombie walker burglar ( as known to us on the 300 block of Nevada St.) was finally handcuffed & arrested last Friday evening. We … Continue reading

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Your Bernal Heights Crime Report for March, 2014: Stats Show Improving Trends, Recent Unpleasantness Notwithstanding

Let’s not dance around it: From a crime and tranquility perspective, the last few weeks have really really sucked. In the meantime, however, Neighbors Sarah and Edie attended the monthly SFPD Ingleside community meeting, and they shared their (typically) wonderful notes on local crime trends, … Continue reading

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Cozy Evening of Anonymous Bernal Heights Bondage Becomes a Burglary Instead

Well, if we have to report on crime, at least this is the sort of crime that’s somewhat titillating. Vivian Ho from the Chronicle reports that for one Bernal Heights resident, a recent evening of hookup and bondage went rather wrong: The 63-year-old … Continue reading

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Fruitless Car Break-In Captured in Security Camera Video

Once again, a street-facing security camera has captured detailed footage of an infuriating crime in Bernal Heights. This latest incident was non-violent, fortunately, but also terribly common. A neighbor on Elsie narrates the security camera video [Dropbox-hosted] that shows a would-be thief breaking … Continue reading

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UPDATED: “Smart Car Tipping” Is a Thing, and It Happened in Bernal Heights Last Night

As you may know, “cow-tipping” is mostly at the stuff of rural legend. As Modern Farmer explains, “Cow tipping, at least as popularly imagined, does not exist. Drunk young men do not, on any regular basis, sneak into cow pastures … Continue reading

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Alex Nieto Protest March Climbs Folsom to Bernal Hill

Last Saturday afternoon, just as the rain began to fall, I heard the roar of a crowd approaching North Bernal from the Mission. A few minutes later, I ran up Precita to Folom Street, just in time to see a … Continue reading

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Brazen Armed Robbery on Coleridge Captured in Security Camera Video

It saddens us that crime is in our headlines right now. Yet crime is in our headlines. A Bernal neighbor on Coleridge St. filed this report of a brazen armed robbery that took place Tuesday evening before sunset. The assault happened right across from Coleridge … Continue reading

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