Over the past week, as District 8 geared up for upcoming elections, Castro petty crime was hot and heavy near the Corona Heights neighborhood. Mind you, there were practically no incidents of crime reported in Corana Heights during that same time period. Once again, the areas between 18th and 17th at Market and Castro had its normal rash of petty theft, disturbing the peace, graffiti, and public intoxication in the past 2 weeks.
However, we must admit that things have been quieter since the tragic end to the Pride Fest in the summer. Perhaps this is due to the patrol efforts of Castro community members that band together to protect the streets.
The SF Examiner reported that the Castro Community Patrol attended the Red Saturday’s rally within the week of the Pride Fest murder. The neighborhood around the Outer Mission and Duboce Triangle will continue to be a nuisance for some time, but at least there isn’t something more serious like sexual violence or murder.
Red Saturday’s advice to us all includes: carrying whistles, heightening “awareness,” aggressively stepping forward to report incidents, greater interaction with entrepreneurs and strengthening police patrol/crime unit relationships being prioritized.
Find out more about volunteering with the Castro Community Patrol here.