Police Increasing Patrols at Popular SF Parking Garage After Rash of “Smash-and-Grab” Burglaries

Thieves love the Sutter-Stockton garage as much as commuters and shoppers -- 80 of whom have had their cars broken into at the popular San Francisco parking garage.

The San Francisco Examiner reported that at least 80 cars have been broken into at the parking garage at the corner of Stockton and Sutter streets near Union Square and Chinatown.

That's one-third of all car break-ins in the northeast part of town, which has led police to make patrolling the area a top priority.

"I assumed this place was relatively secure, but I don't really have that confidence anymore," said Jeffrey Keyes, a Catholic priest who has used the garage. "Generally for many years it's been fine, but a couple months ago my car was stolen on the 10th floor."

The number of car break-ins was news to some of the people parking there this week.

"Now I don't want to park here," Alameda-resident Tristan Flores told NBC Bay Area.

The garage is receiving now "most" of the attention from police as well as transit officials. Police said most of the burglaries have been the "smash-and-grab" type. Officers in the meantime are warning shoppers to be more aware.

Police said people parking in the garage should not leave valuables in the vehicle and anything in sight.

The garage is city-owned, and at 1,865 spaces over six floors, it's one of the city's largest parking garages.

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