It's been a relatively quiet month in crime in the Upper Haight, following November's repeated reports of rogue garbage fires, burning awnings, and public fights.
Apart from the usual garage burglaries and package thefts, here's a recap of criminal activity in the neighborhood over the past month, as gleaned from SFPD reports. (Remember, far and away the most common crimes reported in the neighborhood are car-related thefts and break-ins, so play smart.)
Robbery at gunpoint, Hayes and Central
Shortly before 9pm on December 30th, a 15-year-old boy was held up by three teenaged boys at knife and gunpoint after getting off the bus at Central and Hayes. He was robbed of his cellphone and shoes, and the suspects were not apprehended after fleeing northbound on Central.
Battery, St. Mary's Hospital
Various reports indicate that an inebriated patient taken to St. Mary's Medical Center on the afternoon of January 2nd threatened a security officer, who then preempted the strike in self defense. No charges were pressed.
Robbery at gunpoint, Ashbury and Fulton
Shortly before 5pm on December 17th, a 39-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint at Fulton and Ashbury streets. The male suspect escaped with her purse and cell phone, and wasn't apprehended.
Security camera theft, Levant and Roosevelt
At 8pm on December 16th, police responded to a call that a suspect—who was in violation of a restraining order placed by the victim—had stolen the victim's security cameras from the residence's exterior, broken glass, and shouted obscenities. No one was arrested in connection with the incident.
Battery, Hayes and Masonic
At 5pm on December 13th, a victim reported being approached and hit on the back of the head, unprovoked, by a stranger. The suspect wasn't apprehended.
Battery, Lincoln Way and Arguello
Evidently isolated from the above incident, a victim reported that after 8pm on December 13th they were getting off a bus when an unknown suspect screamed, sprinted towards them, and choked them; other passengers assisted in removing the attacker. The victim reported trouble swallowing and was treated by paramedics in an ambulance.
Wreath arson at Page and Shrader
An unknown arsonist torched a Christmas wreath on someone's front door on December 5th on the 1800 block of Page St. The wreath was luckily seen by a passerby, who stripped it from the door and threw it in the street.
Best practices recommended by Park Station for safety and security over the holidays remain important: keep valuables out of your car. And when ordering online, request signature-required delivery or use straight-to-office delivery rather than having things sent to your front porch. Most thefts in December were of packages left on front stoops.
To learn more, and meet with your local cops in person, stop by the monthly Park Station Community Meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 10th, at 6pm (1899 Waller St.).
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