Given this massive increase, SFPD and the District Attorney are revving up their efforts to catch/prosecute these crimes. A small group of criminals commit most car break-ins. Mission District Police Captain Caltagirone asks residents to call 911 if you witness a car burglary in progress. Your description may help police spot the perpetrator nearby. Also note:Cars with keyless entries are vulnerable. Criminals can build a receiver that mimics keyless entry signal. You can neutralize these devices by placing your key fob inside a Faraday bag.
Because a small number of people commit the vast majority of these crimes, the DA’s office is targeting the most prolific offenders – hoping to reduce quickly the number of incidents in San Francisco.
To assist with this effort the DA asks citizens to:
- Use the digital tip line increase the amount of evidence we receive
- Support the DAs request for an auto burglary task force
- Support SB 916 which adds or when forced entry is used to the auto burglary statute. The law currently requires prosecutors to prove that the car was locked — even when broken glass shows that a break & grab occurred. SB 916 closes this loophole which prevented many convictions.