Safe Shopping Tips from the San Francisco Police Department
During the holiday season, the San Francisco Police Department provides enhanced safety for visitors and shoppers. Each of the ten district police stations will provide police resources, including increased foot patrols, to shopping areas in the district. In addition, the SFPD will provide the horse mounted unit, plain clothes officers, and traffic enforcement throughout the city. Visitors and shoppers can be pro-active in helping to ensure safety by heeding some personal safety tips:
- Always be alert to your surroundings. Be wary of a stranger deliberately approaching you or following you to your car. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle or home so there is little delay in getting inside.
- Remain alert when using electronic devices, such as cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players, and the like, in public. People using these devices tend to be disassociated from their surroundings and are often the target of criminals.
- Do not overburden yourself with packages or other items. Keep packages locked in your trunk while shopping
- Shop with a family member or friend, especially after dark.
- Keep wallets in a hard-to-reach place. Be wary of anyone causing a distraction in close-quartered places, such as on public transit.
- Carry only the cash and credit cards that you will need. Keep cash separate from ID and credit cards, and do not carry your passport or social security card.
- If someone demands your purse or wallet, surrender it. Resisting may result in bodily harm. Immediately report anything stolen to police.
- Help avoid vehicle break-ins. Leave nothing visible in your car, including GPS devices and other electronic devices. Remove the GPS cradle as well. Move your vehicle to a different location each time you load packages. Try to park in a lot where there is an attendant.
Additional personal safety tips are available from San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone (SAFE), 553-1984, or www.sfsafe.org.
Hot Prowl Burglary:
On November 26th at 9:51 pm, officers responded on a report of a hot prowl burglary on the 300 block of Connecticut. They spoke with the victim resident who stated that she had walked into her apartment to find a suspect inside trying to remove a bicycle and backpack from the hallway. The victim watched him leave through the open rear door. The officers searched the area for the suspect as well as the stolen items but were unable to locate them that day. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 141002905)
Auto Theft Arrest:
On November 26th at 12:54 pm, officers responded to the 300 block of Channel on a report of a suspect attempting to steal a motorcycle. They arrived to find a suspect who matched the description provided working on a motorcycle with some tools in the street. The officers detained the suspect and learned through a record check that he was on active parole. The suspect had a second motorcycle with a headlight on beside him that was illuminating his work. This second motorcycle had been reported as stolen. The motorcycle that the suspect was working on had a license plate that belonged to a different bike. The officers were able to locate the registered owner by running the bike’s VIN and met with the registered owner. He told the officers that the motorcycle had just been stolen. The suspect was placed under arrest. He was booked at Bayview Station on auto theft and parole violation charges. (SFPD Case No. 141009917)
On November 7th at 8:20 pm, a 47 year old victim was stabbed in the area of Illinois and Mariposa. He went to SFGH where the hospital staff called the police. The officers interviewed the victim who told them that he had met with an acquaintance who he believed had stolen his bicycle earlier. A confrontation ensued during which the suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim before fleeing on foot. The officers were unable to locate the suspect that day.
On November 26th at 4:30 pm a witness to the original incident spotted the suspect in a van on the 1700 block of Evans and called the police. The officers arrived within minutes and apprehended the suspect, who was positively identified. He was booked on attempted homicide charges at Bayview Station. (SFPD Case No. 140945217)
On November 27th at 7:00 am, officers patrolling in the area of Vermont and Alameda spotted a subject that they recognized from previous contacts. The officers knew that the suspect was a parolee at large with a no bail warrant. He was taken into custody without incident. A search of his person revealed multiple ATM, social security, and other cards in various names, all believed to have been stolen. In addition, the suspect had heroin on his person. The suspect was booked at Bayview Station on his parole violation warrant and narcotics offense. An investigation into the recovered credit/debit cards is ongoing. (SFPD Case No. 141003442)
On November 27th at 3:25 pm, officers responded to the 700 block of Missouri on a call of a shooting. They located the 23 year old male victim at the scene. Aid was rendered immediately and he was transported to SFGH where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The officers secured the crime scene and preserved all evidence. They obtained witness statements and additional evidence. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 141004296)
On November 29th at 12:30 am, officers responded to the unit block of Coral regarding a call of shots fired. They located a home on the 1300 block of DeHaro that had sustained gunshot damage. They met with the residents who stated that they had been in bed when they heard the sound of gunfire and realized that a rear wall of their home had been hit. The officers searched the area for possible victims, suspects, and additional damage but were unable to locate any that morning. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident which is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 141007820)
On November 29th at 12:45 pm, officers responded on a call of a shooting that occurred on the 1100 block of Fitzgerald. They located a 23 year old male victim who stated that he had been riding his dirt bike in the area when he heard several gunshots and realized that he had been hit. He was transported to SFGH where he was treated for his injuries. The officers located and secured the crime scene, preserved all evidence, and obtained witness statements. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 141008997)
On November 30th at 10:00 am, a 20 year old victim was robbed in the area of 3rd and Revere. She told the responding officers that she had been standing at the bus stop when she was approached by her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. The suspect got into a verbal altercation with the victim that culminated in the suspect punching the victim and stealing her purse. The suspect was last seen getting into a vehicle and driving from the scene. The victim was able to provide the officers with some identifying information for the suspect. The officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate her that morning. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 141011398)
On November 30th at 12:15 pm, officers responded to the 200 block of Missouri on a call of a subject climbing the scaffolding of a building in the area and entering an enclosed construction site. The arriving officers noticed that a board had been pried from a wall securing the scaffolding and climbed through it to search for the suspect. The officers found the suspect inside the vicinity and detained him. They found that he had tools on his person and that he had moved a table saw towards a window where he placed it in a large bag. The head contractor was contacted and responded to the location. He confirmed that the saw had in fact been moved and that the tools on the suspect’s person had all been stolen from various locations within the construction site. The suspect was placed under arrest and was booked at Bayview Station on burglary and possession of stolen property charges. (SFPD Case No. 141011661)
11/25/14, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, unit block Northridge, apartment, video game system stolen (SFPD Case No. 141002347)
11/26/14, 11:00 pm – 5:40 pm, 300 block Connecticut, apartment, bike stolen (SFPD Case No. 141002905)
11/29/14, 2:10 am – 4:15 am, 2100 block 3rd, apartment, power tools stolen (SFPD Case No. 141008492)
11/29/14, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm, unit block Harbor, apartment, iPad & tablet stolen (SFPD Case No. 141010077)
11/29/14, 5:30 am – 8:20 pm, 100 block Kirkwood, apartment, laptops and iPad stolen (SFPD Case No. 141010732)
11/26/14, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm, 3rd/Quesada, laptops & misc stolen
11/26/14, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm, 200 block Bayshore, nothing stolen
11/26/14, 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm, 22nd/Illinois, sports equipment stolen
11/26/14, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, 22nd/Illinois, laptop stolen
11/26/14, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Terry Francois/Pier 48, misc items stolen
11/27/14, 2:00 am – 7:30 am, unit block Carr, nothing stolen
11/27/14, 12:00 am – 7:00 pm, 1500 block Indiana, purse stolen
11/27/14, 9:00 pm – 8:00 am, 800 block Rhode Island, money stolen
11/28/14, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, 900 block Rhode Island, ring & misc items stolen
11/28/14, 9:00 pm – 8:00 am, 800 block Rhode Island, money stolen
11/28/14, 11:00 am – 12:30 am, 1600 block Jerrold, clothing stolen
11/29/14, 11:30 pm – 12:45 pm, 100 block Texas, cash stolen
11/29/14, 12:00 am – 8:00 am, 1500 block Revere, veh paperwork stolen
11/29/14, 9:50 am – 10:00 am, 1300 block Illinois, purse stolen
11/30/14, 4:00 am – 10:30 am, 1300 block Fitzgerald, stereo stolen
11/24/14, 9:00 am, 22nd/Pennsylvania, blue Vespa
11/25/14, 9:00 pm – 10:00 am, 200 block Topeka, red Honda Civic
11/27/14, 5:00 am, 200 block Cashmere, blue Infinity I30
11/27/14, 11:00 pm – 8:00 am, 1900 block Palou, grey Acura Integra
11/28/14, 2:00 am – 8:00 am, Topeka/Silver, white Mercedes 560 SEL
11/28/14, 1:00 am – 7:00 am, 1500 block Thomas, grey Nissan Maxima
11/28/14, 2:00 am – 8:00 am, Topeka/Silver, white Mercedes 560 SEL
11/30/14, 6:00 pm, 2400 block San Bruno, red Ford Explorer
Bayview Station holds community meetings with the Captain on the first Tuesday of each month. The next Community meeting will be on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6 PM Bayview Station Community Room 201 Williams Ave. (Cross Street Newhall)