San Francisco residents in multiple neighborhoods report signs and stories of multiple burglaries, as thieves may be trying to take advantage of a large percentage of residents who have temporarily fled the city.
Burglaries are up nearly 80 percent since the pandemic began in the Mission District and 81 percent in the Northern district (North Beach, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pac Heights), according to the San Francisco Police Department, and burglaries are up 53 percent overall, citywide. As KPIX reports, police say they’re getting an increasing number of reports of burglaries being committed through garage doors — and North Beach resident Ginny Fang tells the station, “You take a walk down the neighborhood and you see so many holes just punched into garages.”
Some thieves have been seen on surveillance video, but many are accessing homes and stealing bicycles out of garages, and more. And one of Fang’s neighbors shared a homemade map they’ve created documenting 50 recent burglaries in what appears to be about a 10-block radius.
Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who represents part of the Northern District, tells the Chronicle that thieves have simply shifted targets with fewer tourists and fewer people in town overall. “People are bragging about car break-ins going down; well that’s because there are fewer tourist cars to break into,” Stefani says. “So the thieves are breaking into houses. Both are crimes of opportunity, and they see houses as the opportunity now.”