More than a dozen residents brought their concerns about neighborhood quality-of-life issues to Capt. Robert Moser Tuesday during a 6 p.m. meeting at the Mission police station.
Residents of the area around 16th and Mission streets complained of human feces, needles on the street and a couple who have been sleeping on the street. Some complained about drug dealers hanging around at 16th and Alameda streets when the bars close. Dealers frequently sell crack to the bar crowd, one resident said.
Many residents voiced concerns about homeless people and prostitutes outside their homes, especially around Albion, Capp and Shotwell streets, and asked Moser about police efforts to clean up that neighborhood. He replied that the influx into that area may be the effect of the displacement of prostitutes from 16th and Mission streets, where police have been working to curb the problem.
Police began a new prostitute detail this week, Moser said, and would focus on Shotwell and Capp streets between midnight and 5 a.m.
“The pimps are a lot more dangerous than the ladies,” said one woman in attendance.
Neighborhood involvement is crucial for the new detail to make arrests, Moser said. Residents should take down license plate numbers, trim trees in the area to make the streets more visible, and make sure all outside lights are working.
He assured residents that officers will follow up on problems that are reported online.
“The thing with homeless issues … if there’s an encampment we can take an action on that. If they’re committing crimes … officers can also take immediate action,” Moser said.
He advised residents to report quality-of-life issues via the Mission Station website.
Earlier in the meeting, Moser reported a 50 percent decrease in neighborhood crime overall; however, aggravated assaults have increased 14 percent in the last month. Burglaries are down 38 percent, while robberies and arson are up by 50 and 100 percent, respectively. Auto thefts are also on the rise, especially of 1990s models of Toyotas and Hondas. Vehicles stolen in the Mission are being “dropped off” in upper Noe Valley, Moser said.
Bicycle thefts from garages are on the decrease, he said, while thefts from cutting bike cable locks on the street are on the rise. The department is working with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the National Bike Registry to curb the problem. Thefts have been frequent in commercial areas, especially on 15th, 20th and Market streets.
Descriptions and photos of stolen bicycles that have been recovered can be found on the Mission Station website.