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Photographer robberies spur increased police presence

In the wake of two brazen robberies of wedding photographers near the Palace of Fine Arts, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani has secured additional police presence for the Palace, as well as the nearby Chestnut Street commercial area.

“Everyday I hear from San Franciscans who are concerned about crime in our city, and I take this issue extremely seriously,” Stefani said in a statement.

Saying that her first priority “is to keep residents and visitors safe, and to make sure that small businesses can thrive,” Stefani said new patrols will be added, and an additional $300,000 will be used to add community ambassadors to the area. The Police Department’s Community Ambassador Program uses retired police officers to supplement foot beat patrols in business and commercial areas. 

KRON 4 quoted Police Chief Bill Scott saying that an increased police presence should be visible around the Palace of Fine Arts, Fillmore, Pacific Heights, Union Street, and other busy areas.

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