Your Bernal Crime Summary: Car Break-Ins, iPhone Thefts, and Succulent Bandits Still Suck

Broken Window

Bernalwood’s intrepid volunteer scribe on the Police Beat, Reader Sarah, attended the SFPD’s Ingleside Station Community Meeting on Tuesday night July 19 — while you were (hopefully) having dinner with your friends and loved ones. Here’s her excellent summary:

Lt. Henry Parra filled in for the captain, who was traveling. He didn’t give out many statistics but focused on a few bigger-picture items:

– Street robberies are still the #1 problem in the district – especially people not paying attention when walking to/from BART and MUNI. He again reminded everyone NOT to listen to music or check your smartphone while in these areas.

– The #2 problem is car break-ins. The most-stolen items are GPS systems, and people inadvertently advertise that they have them in the car when they leave the holder or suction cup in the car. So take all of that stuff out. Laptops are the second-most-stolen item, often from backpacks that are left in cars. Other oft-stolen items that people leave visible in their cars are cameras, purses, and tools.

– Residential burglaries are not as high as in other districts. When they do occur, it is often because someone left a window open. Dog doors are also common entry points.

– He encouraged all iPhone users to get the MobileMe app, which continues to help police find stolen iPhones, though thieves are learning ways to defeat this app.

I asked about the Holly Courts shootings, and he did not know much new information on the investigation, but he said that the unit that was responsible for the party was supposed to have one person living in it but effectively had had six.

I also asked about the thefts of succulents and other plants, and he mentioned the arrest that had been made in Sunnyside, but he didn’t have much other information.

One burglary-prevention tidbit that came up was that employees of utility companies should have a tag with their name on it, except for meter readers, who are permitted to dress differently. But anyone trying to access your home should have a tag.

Ailed from the BHNC asked about the ShotSpotter and whether Holly Courts could get one. Lt. Parra said they are expensive and the technology is not infallible. The process for getting one is to petition the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, which will then make a recommendation to the Police Commission. The final decision is made, he believes, by the Police Commission (ie, not the Supervisors). Alemany apparently has a ShotSpotter.

Lt. Parra didn’t have many details but said that there WOULD be a new police recruit class at the Academy sometime soon (this was thought to be unlikely as of the last meeting), which is good news since SFPD has many looming retirements.

Finally, Tuesday, August 2, is National Night Out. SFPD and the Community Police Advisory Board will be holding a FREE barbecue from 5:30-8:00pm at Crocker Amazon Park’s Bocce Ball Court and Rec Center (Moscow & Italy Streets, parking available). There will be safety information, an SFPD motorcycle demo, and a K-9 demo. Mayor Ed Lee and SFPD Chief Greg Suhr will be in attendance, as will several Supervisors, Captain Mahoney from Ingleside, and someone from Parks/Rec whose name I did not catch. For more information, contact Ingleside at 404-4000 or Steven Currier at 415-587-9150.

Thank you so so SO much, Reader Sarah!

PHOTO: Car window smashed recently on Shotwell near Precita, by Telstar Logistics

4 thoughts on “Your Bernal Crime Summary: Car Break-Ins, iPhone Thefts, and Succulent Bandits Still Suck

  1. My car was broken into on Cortland and Eugenia (including a smashed window) a few months ago. Even though I filed a police report, I received no follow up.
    Our babysitter also had her car broken into but they did not damage the car and did not take anything of value.

    • Bethany, thanks for this. I’ll follow up with a post on the blog next week, but quick version now: It’s important to report crimes like smashed car windows, even if the cops don’t show up. That’s the only way for the SFPD to monitor crime trends and take the preventive measures needed to reduce crime over time.

  2. Pingback: Why It’s Wise to Report Crime (Even If The Cops Don’t Come) | Bernalwood

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