More Guardian Angels Coming to the Mission
393145 05: Guardian Angels keeps watch in Times Square August 12, 2001 in New York City. Started in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels were originally a vigilante response to the then rampant crime in New York City. Now, with chapters around the world and violent crime down around the country, the Guardian Angels are having a come back in many urban areas as citizens become increasingly tired of quality of life crimes such as prostitution and drug dealing which they feel the police are unable to quell. With red berets and matching nylon jackets, the Angels voluntarily patrol the streets unarmed in "recons" or patrols looking for suspicious activity. When members encounter a crime in progress they either call the police or make a citizen''s arrest. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Monday, Mar 7, 2011 Updated at 10:00 AM PST
More angels, less problems? That's at least the hope.
The Guardian Angels are increasing their presence in San Francisco's Mission District in response to a recent rash of violence, according to KPIX.
The group that puts men and women in red berets on streets to make other men and women feel more comfortable says it is working with the San Francisco Police Department to coordinate efforts.
The move comes along with an already increased police presence in the neighborhood, where there have been reports of more SFPD dirt bike cops.
In a statement, the Guardian Angels says they will be making citizen arrests when they see people breaking th law.