Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

SF police, supes announce more cops to fight car break-ins, other crimes

Police Chief William Scott

Police Chief William Scott

Police Chief William Scott joined Supervisors Norman Yee and Hillary Ronen Wednesday to announce the city’s dedicating police staffing at all district stations to fight care break-ins, bike thefts, and other property crimes.

“Year-to-date, San Francisco has experienced a 25 percent increase in car break-ins –19,975 auto burglaries compared to 15,934 last year,” Scott said in a news release. “To change the course of this chronic issue, the San Francisco Police Department is committed to assigning the necessary personnel and resources to reduce car burglaries in our city. I agree to dedicate staffing to combat car break-ins, bike theft, and property crimes at each district station. We’ve also doubled foot patrols citywide and have launched a public education campaign to help prevent car break-ins.”

Yee (District 7) and Ronen (District 9) were set to introduce legislation to dedicate the staffing Wednesday at the Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee, but Scott agreed to immediately implement the policy without having to proceed with the ordinance.

“Chief Scott is showing true leadership by answering this long overdue plea,” stated Yee. “As city leaders, we heard loud and clear that residents have had enough. Car break-ins, bike thefts, and home burglaries have gotten out of control. This is an issue that affects everyday residents and deserves our unimpeded attention.”

Ronen stated, “Car break-ins and bike theft are not victimless crimes. Many people living in my district [which includes the Mission neighborhood] are low-income and rely on their cars and bikes to get to work and school. These thefts can be devastating for them. My constituents deserve real action and I’m 100 percent committed to making sure the police have all the resources they need to staff up in order to stop these crimes. I’m ready and willing to introduce a budget supplemental as soon as Chief Scott says the word.”

Last year, Yee worked with the city’s police commission to establish the Task Force on Strategic Police Staffing & Deployment, which is currently determining citywide police staffing levels based on population growth, workload, and other factors, officials said.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, October 4, 2017 @ 3:45 pm PST
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