San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood is experiencing an increase in burglaries of homes and businesses, and District Attorney Chesa Boudin said he has two theories for the surge.
One is that criminals have shifted their sights from tourists now that the city’s tourism industry has dropped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they’re breaking into small businesses and homes to steal property.
The second theory on what’s driving the increase, Boudin said, is the “economic desperation” that has come with the pandemic, which has left residents without work and grappling with the economic impacts of the global health pandemic.
Boudin shared his theories during a virtual community safety forum for the Bernal Heights neighborhood on Wednesday night, where Supervisor Hillary Ronen and Ingleside Station Capt. Chris Woon discussed the recent uptick in crime, and offered advice to residents and merchants on how to be safe.
The recent rise in crime “is very concerning” to local leaders, Ronen said. She said she’s seen small businesses on Cortland Avenue and the surrounding area get vandalized and burglarized “during a time where small businesses are barely hanging on.”
Woon said there have been “quite a few incidents” of burglars breaking glass windows on garage doors, and gaining entry to steal items between the midnight to 4 a.m. hours. There have also been more brazen, daytime…