Feces, needles, drugs, rats and car break-ins! Aren’t you in a hurry to plan your next vacation to San Francisco?
Even if this article claims that break-ins have declined, it must just be for this year. My blog post from last September told a difference story: “San Francisco had more than 30,000 car break-ins reported last year. The number of break-ins has tripled since 2010.”
From SF Gate: Signs that urge, “PREVENT AUTO THEFT – TAKE YOUR VALUABLES WITH YOU,” are posted throughout the parking lot at the Golden Gate Bridge. But despite the warning signs, car break-ins are on the rise at the iconic San Francisco tourist attraction, which brings in more than 10 million visitors per year.
As first reported by KGO, there has been a spike in auto burglaries at the bridge’s parking areas. Seventy-one incidents were reported in just the past seven months — more than double last year’s total of 38, according to Golden Gate Bridge law enforcement.
Burglars tend to target vehicles with visible personal belongings, like suitcases, purses, backpacks, and other possessions of potential value. Tourists who come to visit the Golden Gate Bridge are especially easy targets.
This uptick in auto burglaries at Golden Gate parking lots contrasts with a city-wide decline in car break-ins, as reported by The Chronicle. Even so, this downward trend translates to 1,932 vehicle break-ins across San Francisco in the month of June alone.
Often, the auto burglars get away with the crime, too. The Chronicle found that only 2% of car break-in cases result in arrest.