SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The numbers are staggering and San Francisco residents are now sounding the alarm over the rising number of brazen break-ins in the city.
A recent example is a video posted on Nextdoor given to KPIX 5 by a homeowner in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. It shows a man attempting to break into a house at 1:52 am on August 22nd, shattering a sense of security.
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The homeowner didn’t want his identity to be revealed, but others say these attempted break-ins were widespread.
“Our neighbor was broken into and had had another break-in a month earlier,” said Ginny Fang, who lives in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
A spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department said they have received more reports of garage break-ins lately.
“We are doing everything we can to increase patrols and ultimately arrest those who commit these crimes,” said SFPD officer Robert Rueca.
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Fang said thieves stole four of her family’s bicycles by breaking them and walking in a few weeks ago.
“You’re taking a walk around the neighborhood and you see so many holes just punched in garages and wires, the same wire we hooked up with. You see them lying around in the street,” said Fang.
Another victim, whose home was broken into in late August, posted a photo to KPIX 5 after gathering information about more than 50 incidents from other neighbors.
In San Francisco, burglaries were up 42% in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2019. In the northern district, which includes Pacific Heights, Marina, North Beach and Cow Hollow, the figure is 59%. 79% in Mission and 50% in Richmond.
“It’s so hard, the destabilizing feeling, and so much is already happening in the world and even the basic sanctity of your home,” said Fang.
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