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SF Residents of Popular 'Tiled Steps' Neighborhood Post Warnings in Response to Rise in Vehicle Break-Ins

Statistics released by the San Francisco Police Department show vehicle break-ins in 2015 were up 30 percent over the previous year.

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    San Francisco residents who live near the popular "Tiled Steps" on 16th Avenue are posting signs warning visitors of vehicle break-ins. Jean Elle reports. (Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016)

    Police are looking for a thief that broke into a car on Fulton Street in San Francisco.

    Officers said it is an all too common occurance. 

    Statistics released by the San Francisco Police Department show vehicle break-ins in 2015 were up 30 percent over the previous year.

    The increase does not surprise resident Paul Signorelli. He sees the break-ins happening near the popular "Tiled Steps" at Moraga and 16th avenues, where thieves are targeting visitors.

    Neighbors in response are posting warning signs, urging people not to leave valuables in the car while they enjoy the view. A warning Gordon Mak appreciates.

    "I think it's a good warning for all visitors to San Francisco," Mak said. "People should be aware."

    Police are also on the lookout and are sending undercover units to hot spots.

    SFPD said a team arested a man on Tuesday near the Tiled Steps with burglary tools. Officers also last week arrested Kristen Jason Bell, linking him to eight car burglaries.

    San Francisco's District Attorney's Office said it filed 11 felony and seven misdemeanor charges.

    The DA said a judge released Bell with no bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 23.

    While authorities work on getting thieves off the street, neighbors at the Tiled Stairs said they are organizing a watch.

    "I want a dream city to live in and while we have problems, one problem we don't have is involvement," Signorelli said.

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