Your Bernal Heights Crime Summary for November 2016: Beware Holiday Parcel Grinches!


Neighbor Sarah, your valiant volunteer Bernal Heights crime correspondent, attended the SFPD Ingleside Community meeting this month, and she filed these summary notes on the latest Bernal Heights crime trends. Read on, read carefully, mind your holiday parcels, and stay safe:

Notes from Ingleside Station Community Police Advisory Board Meeting
November 14, 2016

  • There’s been an uptick in robberies on the Mission corridor from Geneva up to Silver. Had been down the past ~7 months or so.
  • Recent shooting on 26th/Harrison (11/14) was related to ongoing gang problems. The MS-13 gang has been hooking up with Surenos to go against Nortenos. Primarily 15-18-year-olds. New SFPD unit, separate from Gang Task Force, is working on this, and it’srun out of Narcotics. Focused on Bayview, Ingleside, and Mission. Two Ingleside undercover officers now in that unit. NOTE: The Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center has organized a meeting about this on 11/30 at 7pm at the Flynn Elementary cafeteria; email James Moore at for more information.
  • Holiday season approaching, so package thieves are back in action. Have packages sent to your office or a business that will hold shipments. Or arrange with your neighbors to pick up each other’s packages and leave notes when you do.
  • New Police Academy class graduating in two weeks, then another two weeks after that. Ingleside has received 7 new recruiters who are now doing their training at the station.
  • New SFPD Chief selection is  waiting on mayor’s decision. Should be fairly soon.
  • Ingleside Station lost its permits office,  Rob Rueca – he is now in the public information office of SFPD.
  • New homeless outreach officers are Rich Curry and Chad Campos.
  • Proposition 64 (statewide marijuana legalization) should make no real difference locally, since SFPD has not been focusing on marijuana citations. You can carry up to 2 oz and grow 6 plants per adult. Still cannot smoke it in places where you can’t smoke cigarettes. Neither drivers NOR passengers are allowed to be smoking pot. Cannabis task force working on new rules.
  • Email the captain ( with problematic intersections where SFPD should do traffic enforcement.
  • Bridge is taking over management of the Alemany housing project and starting work; also, fences going up, cameras being added.
  • No community meeting in December. January meeting will be 1/17/16 at the Visitacion Valley Boys and Girls Clubs at 7pm.

3 thoughts on “Your Bernal Heights Crime Summary for November 2016: Beware Holiday Parcel Grinches!

  1. Todd
    I’ve been thinking since the post- election rise of hate crimes, and we have a mosque in Bernal Heights ( where I’ve lived since 1973, )
    Maybe we should form a phone or email group to stand by our Muslim sisters and brothers should they need support for any reason at any time. I’ve thought about doing this through other avenues also. Have many friends/ neighbors who’s be happy to be part of this. Would you or Bernalwood like to help organize this? If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I’m out of town til Dec 1st. I’d be happy to talk with the mosque.

    This is more a communication to you rather than a posting at this time. Trying to figure out how to organize this. Maybe through Nextdoor too.
    Michael Nolan knows me well if you want a reference:-)

  2. Packages: For Foggy Vista residents, the nice folks who took over (you might say revived) the minimart on Precita x Coso will hold UPS packages for neighbors. I don’t know how it’s designated, but it’s worked for me.

  3. Definitions: A ROBBERY involves stealing something from a person using force or threat. A BURGLARY involves stealing something from a place, not from a person.

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