Concerned About Home Burglaries? Here's What to Know

The police department encourages residents to remain vigilant. Here are their recommendations.

Police station
The exterior of Taraval Police Station. | File photo
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Burglaries are a cause of concern for Ingleside residents.

Two reports from the past few weeks shared on the social media platform Nextdoor each describe incidents in which a suspicious person tried to enter a house through the front door.

The Ingleside Light recognized a pattern of neighbors sharing information and even surveillance video of near burglaries.

Taraval Station, which patrols most of the greater Ingleside, has recorded 154 burglaries between Jan. 1 and Apr. 23, according to the San Francisco Police Department’s crime dashboard.

The Ingleside Light interviewed Taraval Station’s Lt. Raymond Cruz to find out more.

Cruz said that 16 of those 154 burglaries happened in the neighborhood.

If the number of incidents grows, plainclothes officers would be dispatched to do surveillance, Cruz said.

“Part of the police reporting is isolating the location, the time, what suspects are looking for so we could have a good chance of surveying the area that's being affected,” Cruz said.

Cruz said the police department recommends that residents be vigilant and install cameras, lighting and alarm systems.

Getting to know your neighbors, to look out for one another and the neighborhood and to contact SF Safe, a nonprofit that provides a collection of essential public safety services, is also recommended.

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