The South San Francisco Police Department is encouraging the community to partner together with the police to help curb the recent trend of increased residential and vehicle burglaries.
Unfortunately, South San Francisco has not been spared during the recent increase in property-related crimes documented across California. The financial impact of burglaries is significant but pales in comparison to the damaged sense of security and safety felt by the victims of these crimes. And when burglaries happen, tracking down the culprits often proves difficult as indicated by the fact that burglary ties for the lowest crime clearance rate according to the FBI.
"These suspects are just in and out. They size up a house or car, figure out no one's around, break in, ransack the place and flee with everything they can find. It's a shame but there usually isn't any evidence or information that allows us to solve these cases," pointed out Neighborhood Response Team member Officer Jason Pfarr.
Despite the difficulties associated with solving burglaries, the Police Department recently had success when they identified and arrested two separate burglary rings involving a total of at least seven people. The information and evidence gathered through these two investigations solved numerous crimes extending through several neighboring cities and counties to include residential burglaries, commercial burglaries, vehicle burglaries, stolen vehicles, narcotics cases, identity theft, gun crimes and financial crimes. Both of these investigations were initially brought to the attention of the police by attentive members of the Community who noticed and reported suspicious behavior.
Officer Pfarr continued, "We really do need our community to help us out. People can take simple steps to lower their chances of being victimized. Also, we need people to let us know right away when they see suspicious activity. Something like simply writing down a suspicious car's license plate could be the one piece of information that ends up solving multiple crimes."
Residents of South San Francisco are encouraged to immediately report any and all suspicious activity. It is often the little details reported in a timely manner that lead to solving property crime investigations. Information can be reported via the Police Department's main line at (650) 877-8900 or via the Tip-Line at (650) 952-2244.
In addition, the South San Francisco Police Department can assist in establishing Neighborhood Watch Groups or meetings. For more information contact Corporal Elena Dominguez-Brennan at (650) 829-7223
Police throughout the state are contending with an increase in property crime rates but the members of the South San Francisco Police Department have identified the best secret weapon to combat this issue – the observant members of this community.
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