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With the city entering the orange tier of pandemic restrictions, with many businesses and activities facing relaxed rules, the deployment and strategies used by Northside police are also being changed, according to Capt. Paul Yep of the San Francisco Police Department’s Northern Station. He says his team is expanding foot patrols in high-traffic neighborhoods and will have undercover teams working full-time to catch auto burglars. But he warns that the return of tourists and greater mobility of residents will mean more opportunity for crime, so Yep repeated warnings to not leave visible property in parked cars.

Here’s a snapshot of recent crime in the Northern Station area. For the week of March 29 to May 4, there were 47 auto burglaries, bringing the year-to-date total to 659, down 45 percent from the same period of 2020; 12 burglaries, bringing the 2021 total to 282, up from 234 in 2020; and six robberies, a slight drop to 96 for 2021 from 2020’s 105. 

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