San Francisco’s Spiraling Vehicle Break-ins

By: Tyler McKinney

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón on Wednesday announced new efforts to combat

the city’s spiraling vehicle break
in crisis, including a proposed task force dedicated to finding
and prosecuting offenders.
“Our crime strategies unit has been working” to prepare for the effort, Gascón said at a news
conference, “going over thousands of records, cameras, license plate readers, police reports,
seemingly unconnected pieces of information, in order to understand
the scope of the work and
what needs to be done to be successful.”
Most of
the city’s nearly 30,000 reported auto break
ins
last year
, he said, were committed by
“organized groups of people” often using stolen vehicles or rental cars to make a quick getaway.
The boosted property can change hands repeatedly as it moves through complex fencing
operations.
Gascón said he hopes to use the s
ame analytical, data
driven approach to target networks of
criminals ransacking vehicles. By the end of 2018, he said, authorities should be able to reduce
auto break
ins by 20 percent. In three years, his goal is to help transform the epidemic into “a
man
ageable problem.”
Source: SF Chronicle
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