A group of merchants and neighbors in the Mission Bay area met Monday night to discuss new ways to address auto thefts and other crime in the area.
About 45 people, including police officers and a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, attended the meeting at the South Beach Harbor Community Room.
“Most neighbors are concerned about thefts from autos on the streets and garages,” said Ken Craig, who helped organize the group. “They want more police on patrol, but the reality is that isn’t going to happen.”
Craig said that Mission Bay is not a high-intensity crime area, which means the neighborhood needs to band together to deal with petty crime rather than drain police resources. That was the impetus behind forming a group, which met for the first time on Monday.
For starters, the group wants to launch neighborhood watch programs throughout the areas, bordering Harrison and Berry Streets by the Embarcadero, as well as looking at organizing community patrols using unpaid citizens. This would be modeled after the Castro Community on Patrol program, which Craig says has been successful.
“We are forming alternatives to support what the SFPD is doing,” Craig said.