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Burglaries rise

Burglaries are up more than 40 percent from 2019 to 2020 year-to-date, reports new Northern Station Captain Paul Yep. As of mid-August, he said there have been 906 reported burglaries and attempted burglaries in the Northern District.

Yep suggests residents take the time to make sure their homes and businesses are secure — checking locks on doors and windows, reinforcing or upgrading locks, and consider installing kick-proof doors and reinforced glass windows. “Suspects generally go for the easier targets, such as open doors and windows, or ones that have locking mechanisms that can be easily defeated,” Yep wrote in his most recent newsletter. “Alarm systems and lighting are also great deterrents.”

And, of course, report burglaries and attempted burglaries to 415-553-0123 (nonemergencies) and 911 (emergencies).

Meanwhile robberies year-to-date have largely held steady over the past year: 204 in 2020 compared to 205 in 2019; but auto burglaries continued to decline, from 3,461 last year to 2,111 in 2020.

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