Disturbing trend: Car break-ins on the rise at Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Car break-ins are on the rise in San Francisco.
SFPD reports that in the city’s central district, which includes the tourist destination Fisherman’s Wharf, the number of auto break-ins has increased dramatically.
The problem has become so serious that some companies are taking even more steps to help their customers.
Specifically in Fisherman’s Wharf with the return of tourists, there has been a return of car break-ins – pieces of glass are scattered in parking lots all over this area and unsuspecting people return to their cars to find their belongings. value have disappeared.
It’s scenes like this that are becoming the norm in San Francisco’s Central District.
Burglars break into cars and run away. The return of the worrying trend is bad for business.
“A large percentage of the people affected by the smash and the grabbers are my clients. It is absolutely devastating. I feel responsible, ”said Sean Sears of Blazing Saddles SF.
Tourist spots like Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals in Fisherman’s Wharf see these crimes happen every day.
SFPD reports that citywide auto break-ins are still on the decline this year, but in the Central District it’s a different story.
Smash and grabs jumped nearly 139% in 2021.
“Honestly, I would have thought the number would be a lot higher than that,” Sears said.
Signs throughout the neighborhood have warned people not to leave valuables behind when they get away from their cars.
Sean Sears distributed these drawn signs to customers to put in their car windows.
Sears says there has been some success with these, but overall thefts continue to plague the area.
Like in this video showing a man who had to fight for stealing a pair of bikes from the rental company.
“It’s embarrassing. It’s really embarrassing for me as a native of San Francisco,” Sears said.
The big concern in this district is how this crime could scare people off visiting an area already financially affected by the pandemic.
The SFPD says it will continue to work to prevent these crimes but asks people to be vigilant.