Friday, December 19, 2014

Dec. 13, 2014

                                                      Incident Date:
Saturday, December 13th, 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. 

12:24am     Diamond/Moreland                             D.U.I
A woman was in her home when she heard a loud crash. She looked out the window and saw a car parked in the street next to her car. A neighbor, who also heard the crash, told Ingleside Officers Hackard and Nguyen that he looked out his living room window and noticed a motorist going “back and forth numerous times” in the street in front of his neighbor’s home and next to his neighbor’s car. The witness went outside, walked up to the driver’s open window and smelled the strong odor of alcohol. He reached in the car and took the keys from the ignition and called police. Officers Hackard and Nguyen arrived soon thereafter and noticed significant damage to a parked car and the car in the street. The driver of that vehicle told the officers that he consumed “four cocktails” earlier that evening. He was asked to perform several roadside sobriety tests which he failed. The suspect was taken to Mission Station where a breath test revealed a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit. He was transported to the county jail and booked for driving while intoxicated. Report number: 141046737

8:30pm       John Shelley /Mansell                      D.U.I
A motorist told Ingleside Officers Scott and Sepulveda that he crashed and rolled his car while “swerving to avoid a ghost in the road”. The officers, with acknowledgement of the holiday were skeptical the driver saw “the ghost of Christmas past” or “Scrooge” while in his vehicle that night.  Scott and Sepulveda were dispatched to the scene after a witness noticed a vehicle that failed to navigate a turn before driving off the road and overturning. He didn’t notice a ghost in the roadway. The witness also noticed the driver exit his car and unsuccessfully attempt to hitch a ride with passing motorists before the police arrived. Officers Scott and Sepulveda noticed the driver’s face was flushed and sweaty, his speech slurred, and he had a strong odor of alcohol. He also didn’t have a driver’s license. He was taken to San Francisco General for treatment of his injuries and agreed to a blood test for his level of intoxication. He was cited for speeding, driving while intoxicated, and driving without an operators permit. Report number: 141048799

Serious Incidents:

4:55am       1100 Blk  of Russia                          Attempted Robbery
Two men attempted to rob a man who had stopped to pick up his brother while on the way to work. The victim told Ingleside Officers Lozano and McCall the suspects approached him after he got out of his truck. One grabbed him by his shirt and demanded money while the other pointed a semi-automatic pistol at his head. When he told the suspects he didn’t have any money, the suspects searched his pockets. When they didn’t find any money, one of the suspects hit the victim in the head several times with the gun, before running away to a parked vehicle. The victim briefly ran after the suspects but stopped when one of them pointed a gun at him and fired a shot. The suspects then got in the parked car and quickly drove away. Numerous Ingleside units searched the surrounding area for the suspects without success. Report number: 141047042

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

12:24am           Diamond/Moreland                   Traffic Collision
  1:30am          Diamond/Moreland                   Hit and Run
  6:15am           4400 Blk Mission                     Battery
10:52am           200 Blk Richland                      Burglary
11:00am           300 Blk Moscow                     Burglary
  1:00pm           100 Blk Trumbull                      Burglary
  1:08pm           Unit Blk Peralta                        Burglary
  3:06pm           300 Blk Coleridge                    Burglary
  3:09pm           300 Blk Maynard                     Theft from Vehicle
  8:30pm           Unit Blk Melrose                      Stolen Vehicle
  9:30pm           700 Blk Prague                        Stolen Vehicle
  9:30pm           700 Blk Prague                        Recovered Vehicle
11:58pm           Mission/29TH                            Hit and Run

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.