The past five months have been rough for the neighborhood in terms of theft. According to CrimeMapping.com, Alamo Square had fifteen reported counts of vehicle theft alone. Compared to other neighborhoods, the rate is higher for the same time period in the Alamo Square neighborhood.
However, when looking at sources for crime in the neighborhood, local Alamo Square millionaire Jimmy Siegel, urges locals to not gear their hatred towards the homeless. As a former sidewalks sleeper, Siegel points out that he is a local business owner and has lived in the neighborhood for over 30 years. According to his statement in the SF Bay View, only about one percent of homeless people are dangerous. Out of a population of 6,000, only 150 are causing the ruckus.
Although he is wealthy now, Siegel has not forgotten his roots on the streets. He encourages the local neighborhood to stand in opposition to the proposed law that would not allow homeless people to sit or lie on sidewalks. He has been battling with Ted Loewenberg, president of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association, over the point for over a year.