Your 2013 Guide to Bernal Heights Crimefighting Resources

Police Telephone

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.

10 thoughts on “Your 2013 Guide to Bernal Heights Crimefighting Resources

  1. Thanks for posting that! I have been meaning to post the PDF on BernalSafe, so thanks for the reminder. If any Bernal real estate agents would like to give it to clients when they buy in the neighborhood, please contact me at the email address above (CPAB rep).

  2. I would not call all people who break into cars “thugs” — some are just kids with no money and nothing to do. in fact, I think the term thug should be limited to people who beat up people, not folks involved in economic crimes, not that I like those folk either….

    • When my car was broken into they stole my backpack that had all of my meds in it. Meds that I very much needed to be healthy but I couldn’t afford to re-buy until my next pay check 2 weeks later. So please tell me again how that wasn’t a violent crime. I grew up as a kid with no money and not much to do and never ever would I have broken in to a car. Giving people a pass because they don’t have any money is fucking classist. People who break into cars are scum of the earth thugs.

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  4. Shouldn’t the term be limited to organized gangs of professional assassins, who traveled in groups across India, devoted to Kali, the Hindu goddess associated with violence, sexuality, and more recently, empowerment?

  5. Damn Todd, Thanks so much for posting those contacts. Your the best!

    Cool Bernalwood.

  6. Thank you to the people responsible for producing this document. This is a terrific resource.

  7. Thanks – this is great and is now in my kitchen for handy reference. And, of course, thanks to Todd, for doing this, love the blog.

  8. it’s important to get the incident number when calling 311
    because if you need to call again you have a reference number + they know you’re serious
    also found out that when you call the cops to report something you should always give your name and say yes if they ask “would you like an officer to stop at your house” because otherwise that complaint will drop to the bottom of their list and/or may not get the proper collowup

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