ALERT! Neighbor Amos Goldbaum’s “Interceptor” Work Vehicle Has Been Stolen

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Well, this sucks.

Amos Goldbaum is a wonderful Bernal artist whose work we have celebrated here often. Neighbor Amos grew up here, and he still lives in Precitaville, and he earns much of his income by selling t-shirts of his work at street fairs and events around the city. To do that, he uses an old parking enforcement Interceptor as his work vehicle to carry merchandise from Bernal to sites around town.

Until now. Neighbor Amos says his Interceptor was stolen yesterday.

There have been a few reported sightings of the vehicle, but if you see it, please tweet Amos with a location, or contact the SFPD at(415) 553-0123.  Grrrrr.

Ingleside SFPD Officers Issued New Body Cameras

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Yesterday, officers from the San Francisco Police Department’s Ingleside Station — the precinct that covers Bernal Heights — were issued wearable body-cameras for the first time.  The hope is that body cameras will help improve police accountability by providing additional information about what happens during interactions between SFPD officers and members of the public.

Vivian Ho from the San Francisco Chronicle was at Ingleside Station as the body cameras were distributed. She reports:

On Thursday, instructors from Taser International, the company that produces the Axon cameras, passed out the small, black squares that will be clipped on the chests of officers, sergeants and lieutenants. The officers eyed them warily.

Officer Kyle Wren, one of about 60 officers and sergeants who volunteered to receive the device early and assist in training, said initial hesitation is normal.

“My first week having it, you’re just aware you’re being recorded all the time,” he said. “I’ve already been used to being recorded on cell phones, but it’s on the whole time and you’re just a little bit self-conscious at first. I would say after a week on patrol, using it all the time, I got very used to it.”

Officers must double-tap the device to activate it, but like a DVR it’s always recording, so it can catch the 30 seconds before the officer turns it on, only without audio.

The camera policy, passed by the Police Commission in June, set rules for when officers must activate their devices — essentially for all public interactions except for strip searches and those involving sexual assault and child-abuse victims and confidential informants.

“The wave of the future is already here,” said Ingleside Station Capt. Joseph McFadden. “Most of the video we get is from private citizens’ cameras, but now you have the officers with body cameras on and that’s going to be able to tell the real story about exactly what went on and what the officers’ point of view was.”

IMAGE: Axon body camera photo illustration by Bernalwood

Gunpoint Robbery Rattles Neighbors in Northeast Bernal

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Neighbor A. was robbed at gunpoint on Samoset Street in northeast Bernal on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at about 9:20 pm. Residents of the area say this is the third such incident there in recent months.

Neighbor A. tells Bernalwood:

It happened front of 27 Samoset. Two men out of a car, with two other men in the car. White four door. The one carrying the gun wore a black hat and jacket with jeans.

The one who grabbed me pointed the gun at my chest and said he was going to shoot me if I did not comply. After the robbery they headed north on Franconia.

This is the third robbery I’m aware of where a lone woman is walking/biking either up Alabama to our block or around Esmeralda to our block. Car sees the woman, drives around, people unload to jump her, then heads away usually North on Franconia.

I’ve been emailing with Sgt Chou about the getaway car. I’ve asked what the police strategy/plan is, but have not heard back yet.

Here’s a video of the perps captured from a neighbor’s security camera, with the white getaway car visible across the street. If you recognize the men, or have any further information, please contact the Sgt. Chou at SFPD Ingleside via (415) 404-4000.

Your Bernal Heights Crime Update for July 2016

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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.

CRIME UPDATE

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 joseph.mcfadden@sfgov.org, 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!

OTHER SFPD BUSINESS

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: joseph.mcfadden@sfgov.org

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.

Q&A

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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Thieves Smash Healthy Spirits Door to Steal Cash Register

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Grrrrrrrr. Rami from Healthy Spirits tells Bernalwood:

Healthy Spirits located at 249 Cortland Ave  was broken into at 5:30 AM this morning. Two robbers broke the glass on the front door and entered the shop. They stole the cash register with the small sum of money and proceeded to exit. Thankfully the damage was only financial and no one was hurt in anyway.

PHOTO: Smashed door, via Healthy Spirits

Video Captures Thieves Stealing Packages on Prospect

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A home security camera captured a pair of package thieves stealing a delivery from a Bernal Heights home on Prospect near Esmeralda. Neighbor A. says:

Some of our mail and packages were stolen on Friday, May 20th, 2016 @ ~8pm. Looks to be two people, maybe a father (who is toting a large bag with possibly other mail/packages) and son, or friends.

Here’s the video clip. If you recognize the perps, please call SFPD Ingleside Station at (415) 404-4000: