Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dec. 16, 2014

                                                      Incident Date:
Tuesday, December 16th, 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. 

3:27am       200 Blk Gold Mine                 Burglary
A call of a burglary in progress resulted in the arrest of three suspects. Officers Tran and Hauscarriage were dispatched to a call of a burglary on the 200 block of Gold Mine Drive. Once they arrived, they heard noises and saw flashlights coming from inside the home. The officers held a perimeter and immediately requested backup. Once back-up arrived, multiple units entered and searched the interior, room by room. Inside the residence they found and took into custody three suspects who were busy ransacking the place. A witness told officers that he heard noises coming from his neighbor’s house and immediately called the police. The homeowner was notified and immediately responded to his residence. Once there he identified some of his property that had been taken in the burglary, which included a lot of antique pieces. All three suspects were transported to Ingleside Station and charged with an array of felony charges including burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen items. Report Number: 141055302           

Serious Incidents:

2:00pm       4000 Blk Mission                     Robbery
Electronic items are the big ticket items that many thieves are always on the lookout for. A victim and his friend were taking a MUNI bus home from Mission and 30th Street. While riding the bus the victim used his Apple tablet to listen to music until they reached their stop. During the ride, a female suspect approached him and asked, “What’s in your wallet”. The victim replied and said, “None of your business” and ignored her. Once they got off at their stop the victim and his friend were immediately surrounded by the suspect and three additional male suspects. The victim feared for his safety and believed he was going to be hurt if he tried to put up any resistance. The suspects searched the victim’s pockets and ended up stealing his Apple Tablet and walking away headed towards Mission and Silver Avenue. Several units searched the area to no avail. Report Number: 141056582

6:00pm       Cambridge/Gladstone            Robbery
A female victim was robbed after getting off a MUNI bus. The female victim told Officers Naval and Canning that she got off the bus at Alemany and Ellsworth and began walking home when she was surprised by three suspects. One suspect began tugging at her handbag which she had slung over her right shoulder. The victim said she put up a fight and did not let go. Suddenly the second suspect began attacking her by kicking at her legs and abdomen while the third suspect kept a lookout. The victim said she couldn’t take the pain anymore and decided to let go of her purse. All three suspects fled the area taking with them the victim’s purse, wallet, credit cards and cash. An ambulance was summoned to tend to the Vitim’s injuries. Report Number: 141057314

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

12:00am           200 Blk Surrey                         Stolen Vehicle
12:01am           100 Blk Paris                           Theft from Vehicle
  6:01am           Unit Blk Valmar                        Recovered Vehicle
  7:11am           1600 Blk Alemany                    Recovered Vehicle
  9:30am           100 Blk Rae                             Battery
12:15pm           300 Blk Winding                      Recovered Vehicle
12:40pm           300 Blk Coleridge                    Recovered Vehicle
12:43pm           300 Blk Coleridge                    Recovered License Plate
  2:10pm           200 Blk Parque                        Fraud
  2:30pm           300 Blk Arbor                          Burglary
  4:02pm           100 Blk Paris                           Recovered Vehicle
  6:00pm           100 Blk Lisbon                         Stolen Vehicle
  6:00pm           200 Blk Naples                        Stolen Vehicle
  7:39pm           San Jose/St Marys                    Traffic Collision
  7:50pm           Mission/Norton                        Vandalism to Vehicle
  8:06pm           Unit Blk Mirabel                       Recovered Vehicle
10:05pm           200 Blk Addison                      Disturbing the Peace
10:30pm           Unit Blk Ottawa                       Annoying Phone Calls

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.