Series of hot prowls occur across city in first days of 2017

SFPD has reported that a number of hot prowls—the act breaking and entering while residents are home—have occurred in different neighborhoods across San Francisco in the first few days of 2017.

In the early hours of New Year’s Day a hot prowl took place on the 1500 block of 26th Avenue, shortly after 4:30 a.m. The victim, a 58-year-old male, heard a noise in the garage and went to investigate. The door was standing open, and a suspect was spotted standing in a corner. The suspect fled on foot, taking a bicycle and a bike pump with him.

The same night, an unknown suspect entered a home on the 1000 block of Howard Street in SoMa sometime between midnight and 4:30 a.m. The house’s 26-year-old resident discovered an open window, and a number of belongings on the floor that did not belong to her. Upon further investigation, she discovered that several jewelry items were missing from her sister’s room.

An attempted entry took place around 4:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day on the 900 block of Lombard Street. A 73-year-old man was alerted by the noise, confronting the suspect as he broke in. He fled in an unknown direction, and nothing was stolen.

Sometime in the early hours of Jan. 2 a break-in occurred on the 3100 block of Washington Street. The home’s resident left the garage door open, resulting in the loss of his bikes and tablets.

A bicycle was also stolen on Jan. 2 from a home on the 400 block of Hill Street. Between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. an unknown suspect forced open the building’s security door, raided the garage, and fled.

In an odd crime, a “bicycle passenger attachment” for a bicycle was taken sometime on the night of Jan. 1 to Jan. 2 from a home on the 2400 block of Taraval Avenue after a man left his front gate open. The stolen item was located in an exterior walkway adjacent to the home.

Another theft occurred sometime during the night when a 58-year-old woman awoke on Jan. 2 to find her front door pried open and her desktop computer missing.

Lastly, a 43-year-old woman was the victim of theft after a suspect entered her locked gate in the early hours of Jan. 2 and took an electric scooter and a skateboard.

SFSAFE has a number of recommendations to help residents avoid the possibility of hot prowls. Residents are encouraged to keep windows and doors locked, even when home. Bicycles stored in garages should be locked to secure objects. Car owners should not store valuables in their cars, even if they’re parked in garages. And all valuable items should be inventoried, in case a theft does happen.

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