Based on the amount of safety-related questions we received for the D5 Supervisors, we want to provide an update on some crime stats, prevention tips and upcoming meetings.
We spoke with Bob Barnwell, the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee for the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, about criminal activity in the area. He shared with us a report provided by the Northern Police Station that describes the recent activity we’ve recently discussed.
According to the report, “There has been an increase in robberies in the Northern District, just over 16% for the year. However this includes the entire Northern District (includes Lower Haight, Hayes Valley, Western Addition, Polk Gulch, part of Tenderloin, Marina, etc).”
They mention that they are increasing patrols in several affected areas, such as the Lower Haight, Western Addition and Public Housing.
In addition, it goes on to say the top preventative measure is situational awareness. Stick to well-lit paths and try not to walk around with your iPhone or iPad out, especially at night. Even though other items are being stolen, those are the top two mentioned in police reports.
If you’re concerned about this topic, we want you to mark the evening of Monday, October 1 on your calendar. There will be a Public Safety Meeting at the Korean American Center (745 Buchanan) at 7:30pm.
Bob says, “We will hear from the City Attorney’s Office UP2CODE Program. They will talk about using code enforcement laws in public safety. The first part of the meeting will be devoted to talking with Northern Police Station about the increase in robberies and what the residents can do about it.”
We hope you can make it.