FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Car break-ins are on the rise across the Bay
Area. In fact, 2017 was a record-breaking year for our three largest
seeing record numbers of car burglaries in San Francisco, Oakland
and San Jose. Chances it has happened to you or someone you know.
Francisco leads the pack with 31,120 break-ins last year.
the same period, San Jose reported 6,476 car burglaries. That number
is the highest the city has ever seen and a 17 percent increase
compared to 2016.
was also a record year in Oakland with 10,007 reported cases in
2017, up 32% compared to the previous year.
San Francisco, where burglars are targeting rental cars and tourist
destinations, in Oakland, the majority of the break-ins are in
commercial districts, where people go shop and dine.
Oakland Police Department says more than 60 percent of the auto
burglaries happened west of Lake Merritt, in North and West Oakland,
thought there are fewer homicides, and more burglaries. It’s the
opposite in East Oakland, where there are fewer burglaries and more
reason for the uptick is that the items left in cars have gotten
more expensive over the years, like laptops and smart phones.
the chances of getting caught are very slim. In San Francisco, for
example, not even 2 percent of the thieves are nabbed.
car has been broken into 4 times. I’m frustrated because nothing is
being done,” says Edgar Garcia, who lives in the City’s the Mission
District. “Now, I’m debating if I should sell my car but I have two
kids and need my car for my kids.”
San Francisco the District Attorney is asking the city for $1
million dollars to form a burglary Task Force.
in most Bay Area cities, it’s a low priority crime. The statistical
truth is very few car burglaries get solved.
make matters worse, these statistics are just reported break-ins.
Police say the actual numbers are likely much higher, because many
car burglary victims don’t even bother reporting them anymore.