This week I would like to talk about auto burglaries. We at Mission Station have seen an increase in auto burglary reports over the past week. Mission Station officers have made great efforts to reduce auto break-ins and have made 10 auto burglary arrests in the past month and a half. Despite the high number of arrests, we find that prevention is the best defense against auto burglaries. Here are a few tips from www.SFSAFE.org to help minimize the potential that you will be a target:
■ Don’t leave ANY personal or valuable items inside a vehicle.
■ Lock all valuables inside the trunk before arriving at your destination.
■ Doors should be locked and windows up.
■ Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system.
■ Removable stereo systems should never be left in a vehicle.
■ GPS mapping devices - dash or windshield mounted should never be left in a
■ Report break-ins and thefts to the San Francisco Police Department at
(415) 553-0123, at any district police station, or online at www.sfgov.org/police.
■ Call the police if you see someone tampering with a vehicle.
Despite our recent rise in reports, the Mission District is down 17% year to date for auto burglaries.
Have a great weekend,
Captain Bob Moser