Thursday, October 24, 2013

Oct. 18, 2013

Incident Date:
Friday, October 18th, 2013

The next community meeting at Ingleside Station will be held on November 19, 2013.  Thank you.

Halloween Safety Tips

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr wants you all to have a fun Halloween and offers the following safety tips to make your holiday safer.

Tips for Parents and Trick-or-Treaters:

-  Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
-  Use sidewalks and if sidewalks are not present, walk towards oncoming traffic.
-  Look both ways before crossing and use cross walks.
-  Use reflective tape on costumes or carry and use a flashlight.
-  To reduce the risk of trips and falls, avoid masks or costumes that limit your vision and          
-  Examine all treats for choking hazards or tampering and only eat factory wrapped treats.

Tips for Motorists:

-       Watch out for children.
-       Obey traffic signs and signals.  Reduce your speed, especially in residential areas where children are likely to be present.
-       Trick-or-Treaters may not pay attention to traffic; be prepared to stop if someone darts out midblock or from between parked cars.
-       Don’t text and drive and avoid being distracted by electronic devices.

 If you see someone or something suspicious or out of the ordinary, please call the police
(415) 553-0123.  To report an emergency or crime in progress, call 911.

FYI: With Daylight Savings taking effect Nov. 3rd. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has introduced a useful way to report broken/flickering streetlights. Keeping the streets lit a night, especially with daylight savings ending soon, can increase visibility and help to reduce crime. The following information below will make it easier for you to report faulty streetlights:

Phone it in: City’s new “StreetLightsSF” phone app

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission unveiled a new Smartphone application that allows cell phone users to report burned out and broken street lights anywhere in San Francisco from the convenience of their own phone. The new application, called StreetLightsSF, lets the user pinpoint the locations of faulty streetlights by “dragging-and-dropping” a locating pin on a map and send the information to 311. The app also allows the user to track the status of repair efforts; and streamlines the process for reporting malfunctioning streetlights to the agency that is responsible for their repair and maintenance (the majority of non-City-owned street lights are owned, maintained, and operated by PG&E). The StreetLightsSF application is compatible with iOS and Android smart phones and can be downloaded from the Apple and Android stores and also at (go to “Customer Service” and then select “Report a Problem”).

Community Police Academy: The San Francisco Police Department is accepting applications from people who are interested in joining the Community Police Academy. This ten week course is designed to inform and teach various aspects of municipal policing. The program covers procedures from patrol and investigations, vehicle operations, arrest and control techniques, firearm procedures and communications/911. The course will run for ten weeks with classes held every Tuesday night from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, starting on October 1, 2013 thru December 17, 2013.  For more information please visit the Community Police Academy website:

The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is free training from the San Francisco Fire Department in how to help yourself and your neighbors prepare for and respond to a disaster by working together. The 20-hour training, taught by First Responders, includes personal preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medicine, shutting off your utilities, and how to participate as a member of a neighborhood response team.  NERT also offers continuing training for graduates and activities that support building robust neighborhood teams.  For more information, visit the NERT website at, or contact Lt. Erica Arteseros at (415)970-2022 or

Are you someone who is interested in disaster preparedness and wants to help out your community while working hand in hand with law enforcement? Then the ALERT program is for you!                                     
                                            What is the A.L.E.R.T. Program?

The San Francisco Police Department has developed a volunteer citizen disaster preparedness program. The Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) is modeled after and works in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). The ALERT program will train members of the public to assist law enforcement in essential tasks after a major disaster. Such tasks may include: traffic control, foot patrol of business and residential areas, and reporting criminal activity. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco.

Three steps to becoming an
A.L.E.R.T. volunteer:
1. Complete NERT training and receive certification. To register for NERT training courses please visit
2. Once NERT certified, forward a copy of your NERT ID card to the ALERT program.
3. After clearing a basic background check the individual is eligible to register for ALERT training.

An informational meeting will be held on Dec. 5th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the San Francisco Police Academy in the parking lot bungalow. This is not a mandatory meeting for interested volunteers. Come have your questions answered! 

The next ALERT training class has been scheduled for Jan. 18th, 2014, from 8:00am-5:00pm. This class will be held at the San Francisco Police Academy, in the parking lot bungalow.

Fraud Warning: Two days ago a San Francisco resident received a telephone call from an unknown subject, who was identifying himself as Captain Moser from the San Francisco Mission Police Station. The subject informed the resident that he was calling to collect an unpaid balance on outstanding parking tickets and that it would take $500.00 dollars to rectify the situation. The subject said the process could be taken care of over the phone with a credit card number. The resident, being suspicious, looked up Captain Moser on Google and saw that he was in fact stationed at Mission Police Station. At this point, the resident was no longer concerned and proceeded to provide the subject with their credit card number. The money was then taken from the resident’s account. Be alert of this new scam taking place. The San Francisco Police Department will never call anyone to collect a debt. If this happens to you, do not provide any of your personal information and hang up immediately.

Crime Alert: Precita Park / Bernal Heights Area;  During the extended labor day holiday there were a total of 32 vehicles stolen in the Ingleside district as of 08/30/2013. Eight of those stolen vehicles were taken from the Precita Park and Bernal Heights area. Be sure to secure your vehicle (windows up, doors locked) before you leave your car parked on the street. Consider looking into getting an alarm or anti theft device such as a steering wheel club. This, for the most part, should deter most culprits from stealing your car. If you want to make it that much more difficult, consider installing a kill switch. Older model Hondas and Toyotas are among the most popular and easiest vehicles to steal.

District Wide Burglaries in the Ingleside: In the month of August alone there were 7 reported burglaries throughout the district. 4 of those burglaries alone have taken place in the Bernal Heights area. The different methods of entries have been through unlocked windows, sliding glass doors, unlocked side doors, unlocked garages and in one case through a doggie door where the perpetrator squeezed themselves through the small opening. Also, homes under construction have been targeted and expensive tools and appliances have been taken. As the warmer weather of fall approaches, make sure to secure your residence and that all your windows and doors are locked before leaving. If you happen to see any suspicious activity around your neighborhood that looks odd or out of place, call the police immediately. 

Crime Alert:  An increase of robberies and thefts has been occurring in and around the Balboa BART Station and City College area. There have been five robberies in the last couple weeks alone in this area. Be vigilant of your surroundings and follow the safety tips below.

Click on Don’t be a target link below:       

                                                           Safety Tips:
*Try not to have your Iphone or other property visible for others to see.
*If someone asks to use your phone, advise them you do not have one.
*Do not store or carry your phones in your back pocket, people will know you have one.
*Have (415)553-8090 programmed in your cell phone to contact SF 911 directly.
*If you see any suspicious activity involving you or others, or see someone needing help 
              Call the police.


12:06am     Mission/Silver                           Battery
A report of a fist fight between a cab driver and a passenger prompted dispatch to send Ingleside Officer Jones to investigate. When he arrived, Officers Pereira and Gonzalez were already on scene and talking to the cab driver. The driver told the officers he was transporting the woman passenger sitting in the back seat of his cab from 14th and Folsom street to her home when she lunged forward, swearing at him, and scratching his face with her hands. At first, he was unable to break free but he finally did, pulling over, locking the doors, and summoning police. When Officer Jones went to the back door of the cab to interview the passenger, she swore at him and said, “I just want to go home”. Several attempts to calm her down and talk to her were unsuccessful. He asked her to step out of the cab. The passenger complied but continued to aggressively challenge the officer swearing at him and demanding to be released to go home. Officer Jones noticed the strong odor of alcohol on her breath. The taxi driver signed a citizen’s arrest form and the suspect was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car to be transported and booked at the county jail. Case number: 130881449

2:35am       500 Blk Madrid                       Battery of a Police Officer
A group of four people, two brothers and two women, thought the early morning hours was a great time to have a party at the Excelsior Playground. A nearby resident called dispatch to complain of loud music and louder voices. Ingleside Officers Hauscarriague and Zahn responded and told the group it was too late to party in the park. One of the men disagreed and spit on the ground and then on Officer Hauscarriague’s shoe. Officers Hauscarriague then attempted to place him under arrest, but the suspect violently resisted. As the struggle commenced, the other man became combative and Officer Zahn, while radioing for assistance, began a violent struggle to subdue the second man. Both officers successfully won their matches and the suspects were taken to Ingleside Station and booked for battery on a police officer. Case number: 130881609

6:12pm       300 Blk Capistrano                 Robbery
Eagle eyed Ingleside patrol Officer Obot recognized a violent robber while shopping at a local deli. The day before a man was robbed by four men a few blocks away from the deli. Two of the robbers are in custody and the third happened to walk into the deli while Officer Obot was there. Officer Obot radioed for assistance and Officer Lustenberger responded. The two officers detained the suspect and a search turned up a credit card belonging to the robbery victim. He was transported to Ingleside Station for booking. Case number: 130881364

9:54pm       4600 Blk Mission                    False ID/Warrants
Ingleside Officers Hauscarriague and Zhan were on routine patrol when they spotted a man seated at a bus stop with an open bottle of Vodka in his pocket. The officers stopped and questioned the man asking for his identification. The suspect complied giving the name of a man with an arrest record. The officers used their new department issued smart phones to pull up a picture of the man named by the suspect, which didn’t look at all like the man sitting at the bus stop. The officers continued their questioning and the suspect finally told them his real name and that he had a warrant for his arrest. The officers again used their new phones to confirm the identity. He was taken to Ingleside Station and booked on several charges. Case number: 130884744

Serious Incidents:

No Incidents to Report.

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

  2:00am           1500 Blk Church                      Theft from Building
  7:15am           200 Blk 27th                             Stolen Vehicle
  7:20am           200 Blk 27th                             Burglary
  7:45am           Mission/Oliver                           Traffic Collision
  9:01am           Mission/France                          Hit and Run
12:00pm           300 Blk Addison                      Theft from Vehicle
  1:26pm           Unit Blk Cresta Vista                Fraud
  4:44pm           Geneva/SanJose                       Vandalism to Vehicle
  5:45pm           3100 Blk Cesar Chavez            Arson
  7:00pm           Edinburgh/Italy                          Hit and Run
  9:50pm           3300 Blk Mission                     Vandalism to Property
10:31pm           Eugenia/Coleridge                     Traffic Collision
11:30pm           300 Blk Joost                           Stolen License Plate

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.