Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dec. 10, 2014

                                                      Incident Date:
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The next community meeting at Ingleside Station will be held on January 20, 2015 at 7p.m.  Thank you.

                                            Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are a special and joyous time of year. It is also a time when the citizens need to be alert to the possibility of crime. The City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Police Department encourages all citizens and visitors to the City to take simple precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. The San Francisco Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well lit area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
 Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a bank, mall, or well lit location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
  • Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.
  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.
  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
  • Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.
  • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security.
  • Shop during the daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. 
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your California Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card that you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit. 
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
 At Home
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
 Strangers at Your Door
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  • Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
  • Donate to a recognized charitable organization. 

No Incidents to Report.

Serious Incidents:

8:15pm       Geneva /San Jose                                      Theft
A Muni rider waiting at bus stop was robbed of his cell phone. The victim told Police Service Aid Cato at Ingleside Station the suspect suddenly approached him and grabbed the cell phone from his hands. The suspect then escaped East on Geneva and the North on San Jose Avenue with the victim in pursuit. However the victim said the suspect was too fast to catch and abandoned the chase before traveling to Ingleside Station to report the theft. Report number: 141040999

Vehicle and Other Incidents:
  8:23am          500 Blk 28th                             Recovered Vehicle
  1:15pm           Sequoia/Bella Vista                   Dog Bite
  1:30pm           Diamond Heights/Addison        Theft from Vehicle
  7:10pm           Unit Blk Joost                           Vandalism to Property
  7:25pm           2200 Blk San Jose                   Trespassing
  8:20pm           200 Blk Banks                         Burglary
  9:45pm           200 Blk Blythdale                     Stolen and Recovered Vehicle
10:00pm           100 Blk Coleridge                    Stolen Vehicle

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.