Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD stepping up security after break-ins at Ruth Asawa SOTA

District officials are stepping up security efforts at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and the Academy of Arts and Sciences after at least two break-ins in recent months left teachers feeling unsafe and vulnerable.

The most recent incident occurred early Sunday morning at the campus, located at 555 Portola Dr., when suspects stolen an unknown amount of technology equipment. Technology equipment was also stolen during another burglary in October.

Scott Eberhardt, an English teacher and head of the media arts department at Ruth Asawa whose personal laptop was stolen during one of the heists, said there are up to 15 doors leading in and out of the school, making the campus a prime target for thefts.

“We’re just sitting ducks up there,” he said.

At a meeting Wednesday with the San Francisco Unified School District’s security, risk management, and buildings and grounds staff, district officials discussed possible security changes to the campus.

Changes may include new doors, new locks, better security cameras, better lighting and a new gate, and security guards will be on campus every night while the changes are being implemented, according to district officials.

Staff are assessing the losses and working with the district’s insurance provider to determine what can be replaced with insurance reimbursements, and money may be available from the district as well to help replace stolen equipment.

Meanwhile, San Francisco police are investigating the theft of 26 mountain bicycles from a shed at Visitacion Valley Middle School over the weekend. Police are investigating whether the incidents are related.burglariesCrimeRuth Asawa SOTASan Francisco Unified School DistrictSF public schoolsSFUSD

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