Category Archives: Crime

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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SFPD Community Meeting: Alejandro Nieto’s Taser Looked Like a Handgun

During tonight’s tense community meeting at Leonard Flynn Elementary School, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr released new details about Friday night’s officer-involved shooting death of Bernal Neighbor Alejandro Nieto. Here’s the coverage from the Examiner: Alejandro Nieto was shot and … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Man Killed During SFPD Confrontation on Bernal Hill Identified; Community Meeting Announced

The man killed on Bernal Hill during a confrontation with the SFPD on Friday has been identified as Alejandro Nieto, 28, of San Francisco. Vivian Ho at the SF Chronicle reports: Police officials said the officers were investigating reports of a … Continue reading

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Package Thief Busted in Bernal Heights

Neighbor Robb writes from the scene of the crime: We were out of town this past weekend and my brother in law came over to feed the cat. Our previously un-met neighbor Jose told him that SFPD had just arrested … Continue reading

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Security Alert: Door-to-Door “Magazine Salesmen” Probably Not Selling Magazines

Bernal residents are advised to be aware of rogue “magazine salesmen” currently operating in the neighborhood. This week, a rather impressive number of Bernal residents have reported groups of men knocking on doors, seeking to sell magazine subscriptions. When residents … Continue reading

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Help Wanted: How You Can Identify Potential Crime Hotspots in Bernal Heights

Neighbor Sarah, your intrepid neighborhood crime reporter and SFPD liaison, needs your assistance. She’d like you to complete a survey that will help identify crime troublespots around Bernal Heights: The Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center periodically collects a list of the … Continue reading

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Your Bernal Heights Crime Report for January 2014: Yearly Crime Trends, Traffic Tickets, and It’s Still Robbery Season

Neighbor Sarah, your invaluable volunteer Bernal Heights crime reporter, attended the SFPD Ingleside Community meeting on January 21, and she filed these  summary notes on the latest Bernal Heights crime trends. (Many many many thanks, Sarah!!) Read on, read carefully, and … Continue reading

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SFPD Manhunt on Precita Startles Neighbors, Finds Criminals and Guns. Two Escape.

There was some craziness in northeast Bernal Heights on Saturday night. Perhaps you saw it on the Twitter. Perhaps you heard the heat-seeking CHP helicopter hovering overhead. Perhaps you listened to it on ScanSF. Or perhaps you had had several … Continue reading

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