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.
Ack. So sorry. But this raises a super-important issue. During several conversations I’ve had over the last few months with members of the SFPD, the officers have emphasized one point over and over again: Whenever you are the victim of a minor crime or witness a public nuisance, you should report it by calling the non-emergency line at 415-553-0123.
That doesn’t mean the SFPD will send someone out to investigate every time. But given the prevalence of data-driven crimefighting and resource-allocation techniques in contemporary policework, it’s crucial to report any and all incidents when (and where) they occur so that the SFPD can monitor crime trends and take steps to respond to them.
Admittedly, the lack of immediate action is deeply unsatisfying if your window just got smashed or your succulents were just ripped from your front yard. However, that’s the only way to ensure that the police will take steps to prevent such crimes in the future — whether that means increasing patrols, sending out decoys, releasing the bloodhounds, or whetever. Because if you don’t report the crime, as far as the SFPD is concerned, it never happened at all — and nothing good comes from that.
So add these numbers to your contact list:
SFPD Non-Emergency Dispatch: 415-553-0123
SFPD Emergency Dispatch from your mobile phone*: 415-553-8090
* 911 calls from mobile phones are automatically routed to the California Highway Patrol, rather than the SFPD, which can delay emergency response. That’s why it’s important to have this number in your mobile contact list.
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