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SFPD Southern Station Captain's Comments

From the Southern Station’s 12/4/2008 newsletter

The Christmas Season is upon us which means more people are visiting the downtown area. This isn’t just shoppers it includes pickpockets, shoplifters, scam artists, auto burglars, aggressive panhandlers, etc. so it is incumbent on you if you visit the downtown area to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim. In a perfect world the ordinary person shouldn’t have to take any precautions since everyone respects each others rights but that’s not the world we live in. If you’re going shopping try not to carry all of your credit cards with you, just keep the ones you need with your I.D. in a pocket. Don’t flash a lot of cash. Don’t leave anything in your car open to public view. Try to go shopping with someone especially at night. When taking public transportation don’t have your expensive Ipod out. This is just a short list so, go to www.sfsafe.org for more.

The Department is aware of the increase in criminal activity around the Christmas Season so extra precautions are being taken. Plainclothes pickpocket details are out and about as well as increased bike patrols for the alleys and parking lots. There will be high visibility of uniformed Officers on the Market St. Corridor. Additional resources are being used such as the Tactical Unit, Horses, and motorbikes. Increased traffic patrol will safeguard pedestrians. This Department is trying to make it
a safe Christmas for everyone so help us and your self by using common sense when shopping.

This season also brings out stored emotions in people. If you feel sad and lonely make sure you talk with a health care professional before these emotions take over your life.

The suicide prevention hotlines are Toll Free and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Nation wide:
1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433)
1-800-273-talk (1-800-273-8255)
San Francisco:
1-800-781-0500
Due to the holidays there will be no Southern Station Police Community Relations Meeting this month.

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