This morning I awoke to another break-in on my block. Yes, one would expect that to happen in a big city like San Francisco, but I have always thought of Russian Hill as an nice, affluent neighborhood that avoided having frequent muggings, break-ins, etc. Of course, the occasional crime would be expected, but I think it has become pretty rampant. Almost on a daily basis we can find broken glass from another car being broken into. Often, I have been arriving to my house or leaving when I see some tourist returning to their rental car just to find that their purses, cameras, cell phones, laptops, or the like have been stolen.
I guess being so close to a landmark like Lombard Street (Crooked Street) , one should expect pickpockets and the like, but I never expected armed muggings like the one that occurred 2 weeks ago. I definitely did not expect that to happen right across the street from me! Fortunately, undercover cops were able to catch thieves pretty quickly with no injuries. Here is a video that captured all the action:
This was also covered in the local news (SF Chronicle).
I guess I was not too surprised then this morning when another break-in happened right across the street again. While we were able to capture the action again on video, this time the thieves were able to make a clean get-away.
I just hope that things improve and not get worse.