Two Safeway supermarkets in San Francisco endure more shoplifting than any of the 270 stores the chain operates in Northern California and Hawaii, and warding off the five-finger swindlers hasn’t been easy. Read More
Police were searching Sunday for additional suspects in a weekend stabbing of a man in Dolores Park.
The 40-year-old was walking alone through the park early Saturday morning when a group of as many as a dozen people stabbed and robbed him, police said. Police found the man around 1:30 a.m. in an area of the park around 19th and Church streets. He had been beaten, robbed and stabbed multiple times in the torso, Officer Samson Chan said. Read More
Negotiations between The City and the federal government for the Fire Department to take over the duty of dousing fires in the Presidio have all but ended, with the Board of Supervisors expected to approve the changes in a matter of weeks. Read More
San Francisco firefighters doused a single-alarm blaze at a home in the Bayview District this afternoon, a fire dispatcher said.
The fire was reported at 3:51 p.m. at a two-story home at 1501 La Salle Ave., near Hilltop Park. It was controlled just before 4:10 p.m.
There were no injuries reported. Read More
One San Francisco police officer is especially keen on fire prevention.
The daring cop lunged for a lighter that was being clutched by the mother of two young children who had doused herself in gasoline and had insisted she was going to set herself ablaze, police said. Read More
They call one undercover police sergeant “Scrappy,” saying he just loves it when armed crooks try to rob him on The City’s streets.
The courageous cop has scored a bevy of busts while acting like he’s just another Joe walking around late at night. There will be more undercover officers like him hitting the streets as the Police Department responds to a frightening rash of armed robberies in San Francisco. Read More
A piece of equipment that could have been used to eliminate a DNA-testing backlog in the San Francisco crime lab has been sitting unplugged for the past six years.
In 2004, facing a backlog of more than 500 cases, the San Francisco Police Department purchased equipment — a machine that could analyze 16 pieces of DNA evidence at a time — that would make its DNA-evidence analyzing units’ workload a little lighter. Read More
The San Francisco Police Department wants to emphasize to the public that its text-message reporting program should not be used for emergency situations.
In emergencies, residents should call 911, police said.
For non-emergency reports, the department runs a Text-a-Tip program, which it launched last August. Read More
Parks are safe despite an armed robbery in John McLaren Park on Saturday, but visitors should be aware of their surroundings when out and about in the city, police said.
The warning comes two days after four unsuspecting men having a picnic were robbed at gun point Saturday afternoon in the park.
Police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said the men were seated at picnic tables near the Gleneagles Golf Course when the robbery occurred. Read More
About one bicycle per day is reported stolen to San Francisco police — a figure that does not account for the many more thefts that go unreported.
The Examiner obtained Police Department figures showing 155 bicycles were reported stolen between Jan. 1 and May 31, with the most, 30, missing from the Mission district, followed by 19 in the South of Market neighborhood and nine in the Upper Market and Castro area. Read More