Your Bernal Heights Crime Update for July 2016


And now, a quick update on crime patterns in Ingleside Precinct, courtesy of Neighbor Sarah, Bernal’s intrepid liaison with the San Francisco Police Department:

Notes from the Ingleside Station Community Meeting
July 19, 2016
Venue: St. Mary’s Rec Center
Capt. McFadden presided

Ingleside Station has 100 officers; a fairly decent staffing level, though it recently lost new recruits who trained there but were then reassigned to other, permanent ‘home’ stations.


Auto and house burglaries continue, but Ingleside’s crimes have dropped in the past 2 months. Undercover team is working overtime ; they’ve caught a repeat robber, a drug dealer, and others.

Crime usually up in summer, but Capt. McFadden thinks various youth programs are helping.

Each station now has a dedicated statistics officer. Members of the public can request data. Provide an area (like street boundaries), type of crime, and dates. Email McFadden at, and he’ll pass along requests to stats officer. Please allow 7 days of lead time.

Videos of crimes are sent out to all officers and their iPhones. SFPD likes video. Recent video shares helped captured bike thieves, package thieves, etc. If you have a camera, consider registering it with DA’s office so police know what areas have video coverage and can request it after an incident.

Trend in garage thefts: Recommend residents use garage latch so a would-be burglar with opener can’t get in. Also, make sure garage is closed before you go to sleep at night; sometimes people accidentally open garage door because the opener is in their pants or purse or whatever.

Stolen credit cards often used to buy Clipper cards, which are then resold for less than face value.

McFadden recommends marking your valuable stuff with an engraver – that way, if it turns up in a flea market or on Craigslist, you’ll know it’s yours.

Pokemon Go – You’ve heard the stories. Players aren’t paying attention, and some get robbed, especially late at night. Be aware!


McFadden really likes SFPD Acting Chief Toney Chaplin, and hopes he is made permanent. Chaplin is doing lots of community outreach.

One initiative is Coffee with the Cops.There will be more events over the coming months.

There’s a medical cannabis dispensary (MCD) application for 100 Sickles. The area already has a cluster of MCDs, neighbors not psyched.

Email is the best way to reach Capt. McFadden is by email:

Also use 311 to report things like problem/nuisance/drug houses. Those reports will get to the City Attorney. The City Attorney needs electronic paper trail. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Body cameras – Ingleside and Bayview are in the body camera pilot program. Six Ingleside officers trained on them this week. Rollout in coming months. McFadden thinks they will be beneficial.

Recent incidents ended peacefully – Tenderloin gun incident, man on Campbell in psychological distress (24-hour negotiation with him). Acting Chief Chaplin wants SFPD to become model for resolving incidents peacefully.

Use of Force Policy. The draft has been adopted, and is now in a vetting process. Emphasis on time and distance, negotiation. Should be done and in place in about 2 months.

July Fourth Mayhem – It’s hard to deal with. McFadden sent out roving squad cars taking reports of major fireworks in real time. Meeting attendees thought it was even worse than usual this year, with lots of major illegal fireworks.

National Night Out – Ingleside will be holdings its NNO event in September instead of August this year. Date is Sept 13, 5pm, Crocker-Amazon Park. Climbing wall, BBQ, etc. Lots of parking. More info to come.

Next community meeting – August 16, 7pm, Ingleside Station.


D9 Supervisor Candidate Joshua Arce attended and asked some follow-up questions on car burglaries.

Resident of Miraloma shared a frustrating encounter with police – super-drunk people throwing trash, passing out in back yard; police sent one guy away in ambulance, left the rest of them there. They stayed, sitting in car with big open containers. Resident called police again, police did nothing. McFadden said that if you have an experience like this, call Ingleside Station at 404-4000 and ask to speak to Platoon Commander and explain situation. If you need follow-up from police, request a 909 (meeting with the cops). Get name and badge # of officers who are not responding appropriately.

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2 thoughts on “Your Bernal Heights Crime Update for July 2016

  1. Two thoughts:

    1) I continue to be extremely frustrated by the lack of PD response to aerial fireworks on July 4. Will it take a whole neighborhood going up in flames to get this solved? We are a city of 100-year-old wood framed row houses on zero lot lines. It only takes one misfire to take down a whole block.

    2) Is the fact that there are such strict rules about the location of medical cannabis dispensaries causing these clusters of them? (e.g., very limited places where none of the overlapping proximity prohibitions apply.) As much as none of us would be thrilled to have a MCD next door it seems unfair to ask some neighbors to be surrounded by them while the rest of us are blissfully protected by the rules.

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