San Francisco experiences 40% jump in residential burglaries
With the pandemic driving tourists away, police say thieves are turning to residential burglary as their new crime of opportunity in San Francisco. KTVU’s Debora Villalon reports a 40% jump in this type of crime compared to the same time period last year.
SAN FRANCISCO – It’s a classic good-news-bad-news situation.
Auto break-ins are down in San Francisco.
But home burglaries are way up, including “hot prowl” burglaries when residents are present.
“There are more people home now with COVID,” said San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar, whose District 4 includes the Sunset, Outer Sunset, and Parkside neighborhoods. “This increase in burglaries is happening across the city in all the districts so it’s an area of concern.”
For years, tourists and their rental cars have been plum targets.
But the pandemic has driven tourism away.
So it appears thieves are targeting homes and businesses instead.
This year, there have been almost 5,000 burglaries, an average jump of almost 40 percent over the same period last year.
In some districts, it’s worse.
The Richmond District, up 50 %. Pacific Heights, the Marina, Cow Hollow, and North Beach, up 59%. The Mission District, up a whopping 79%.
“You know, I’ll make sure that my garage door is locked but I’m not sure there’s much I can do beyond that,” said a Richmond District resident, who had not heard of the uptick.
Mar pointed to three…