Ingleside District Community Meeting,
January 18, 2011
Captain Louis Cassanego, Commanding Officer Ingleside Station.
I. 2010 Year in Review, compared to 2009
II. Crime from last 4 weeks, compared to previous 4 weeks.
III. Q & A
I. I. 2010 Year in Review, compared to 2009
— 11% decrease in overall crime: Homicides unchanged (8); Rape down 53%; Robberies down 11%; Aggravated assault down 9%.
— 2% increase in overall property crimes: Burglaries up 4% (arrests up 40%); Auto theft down 12% (arrests down 8%); Auto break-ins up 13%; Arson up 5% (arrests up 100%); Thefts by 6% (arrests up 29%).
— 2 pedestrian traffic fatalities
II. Recent Crime, last 4 weeks compared to previous 4 weeks.
— Robberies down by 15%, more robbers are using guns; 21% of the total were cellphone or IPod robberies. Walking down the street talking on the phone or listing to your IPod makes you a target.
— Aggravated assault up 64% (the previous low number was a historical low). Arrests up 100%
— Burglaries down 18%
— Commercial burglaries have increased. Crash and grab: the robbers toss a heavy object through a store window and grab whatever is close by, cash register or lottery tickets. Takes 5 -6 seconds.
— Auto theft down 35%, due to the cold weather.
— Car break-ins down 18%. They are still smashing windows’ looking around inside and grabbing whatever. 1/3 of the time they get nothing. The undercover police have been chasing them from Bernal to Noe and beyond.
— Thefts down 35%. Safeway (there are 3 in the Ingleside district) incidents were down to 8% of the total number of thefts, Safeway probably increased security over the holidays.
III. Q & A
Q: Where do the guns come from?
A: Most are stolen from homes or businesses. There is a new crew of gangs. Using a gun during robbery may be a gang initiation. There is a 10-day waiting period for gun purchase.
Q: When are the home burglaries happening?
A: During the day. Neighbors can be very helpful by reporting suspicious people loitering around a home. Also, robbers go door-to-door looking for an empty home to rob.
Q: What should we do about the phony charities going door-to-door soliciting contributions?
A: Call the police to report. Consider posting a no soliciting sign. With the sign, they can’t knock on the door, unless they are an actual charity.
Q: Will Compstat continue with Gasgon gone?
A: Yes. See http://sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=3254
Q: How are the cell phones stolen on MUNI?
A: It is common for them to be grabbed from a person sitting by the door. Most of the stolen phones are sold at 7th and Mission. Do not sit near the door and talk on the phone!
Q: Any tips on how to ID a suspect?
A: Try to notice the height, weight, shoes, glasses, and hairstyle. Eye color is good but usually difficult to see. If the suspect gets into a car, notice the type and color of the car. The exact make and model along with the license number will be very helpful.
Q: How do you call the police from a cell phone?
A: 415-553-8090. Ingleside Police Station Contact numbers are posted on the document section of the yahoo list. When you call 911 from a cell phone n SF the call goes to a dispatcher in Vallejo.
Q: What does the Captain mean by “crime community?”
A: There defiantly is a community; news of successful crimes travels quickly. For example, there was an uptick in home break-ins of Asian households shortly after a very successful burglary of an Asian household.
Q: Is “safe haven” still active?
A: Yes. Here’s how it works: The victim of a crime you can go into a store with a safe haven sign and be safe. Does anyone have info in this? I couldn’t find any information on this program and have not seen any signs.
Q: How can we get the attention of Caltrans to fix burnt out lights near 280?
A: Call 311 and/or Caltrans, be sure to get a tracking number and call beck in 3 to 4 days. If that doesn’t work call your Supervisor.
The meeting was adjourned at 8pm