Recognizing Dedicated Service This Pride Month

Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) is blessed with the solid and dedicated support of a great many people, who volunteer on a regular basis to help keep the neighborhood a little safer and more secure.  These volunteers are the true “life blood” of CCOP without whom very little could be accomplished.

We’d like to take a moment this Pride month to recognize the following individuals in grateful recognition of their years of service to CCOP and the community we serve.

Chief Greg Carey is recognized for TEN (10) years of dedicated service to CCOP.  A graduate of Patrol Volunteer Basic Training Class 004 on 01/28/2007.

Senior Patroller Alexander Upchurch for FIVE (5) years of dedicated service to CCOP. A graduate of Patrol Volunteer Basic Training Class 025 on 08/20/2011.

Patroller Neil Fullager for FIVE (5) years of dedicated service to CCOP. A graduate of Patrol Volunteer Basic Training Class 029 on 04/21/2012.

Ptlr. Michael Stoyka for FIVE (5) years of dedicated service to CCOP. A graduate Patrol Volunteer Basic Training Class 001, Mike took some time off, returning to re-certify in Patrol Basic Training class 030 on 06/07/2012.

 

All will receive a certificate of accomplishment and a lapel pin showing the years of service they have provided.  Our most sincere thanks to these Patrollers, and to all Patrollers who continue to commit their time and energy to CCOP on a monthly basis.

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Improving Neighborhood Safety

Recent crimes in the Castro and Duboce Triangle neighborhoods have raised the level of concern by many residents. While the police can occasionally make arrests if an officer sees a crime being committed (“On-View”) without the help of citizens, most crimes require: 1) An identified victim, 2) Someone willing to press charges, and 3) Witnesses able to testify if suspects are arrested. Otherwise, the police are helpless and the suspects are emboldened to repeat or escalate violence in future events. The linked PDF document provides details about improving the safety in your home and neighborhood:

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Avoid ATM Card Fraud

 

ATM Card Safety

A compromised Debit (ATM) card allows a crook to steal hundreds of dollars from your bank account. It is even possible to drain your account to zero. Notify your bank and file a police report if you are a victim. Banks generally deny being vulnerable, so contact Castro Patrol (info@castropatrol.org) with details if you encounter an unsecure ATM in the Castro so we can work with the bank and civil authorities.

Skimming
An electronic device may be placed over a legitimate terminal, such a gas pump, point of sale (POS) terminal in a store, or ATM to capture the data from the magnetic strip on the back. “Chip” transactions cannot be skimmed but some merchants have not yet moved to chip terminals. Contactless payments (ApplePay, Samsung Pay, etc.) are the most secure.

Some waiters or bartenders use small skimmers to copy the card when they turn their back or take your card away from your table. Credit cards are safer as fraud does not hit your bank account directly and it is often faster to reverse fraudulent transactions once you notify the bank.

To protect yourself:

  • Check for extra devices at the card slot on a gas pump or ATM
  • Use the “chip” not the mag strip when paying at a store
  • Always use a CREDIT card not your ATM card in restaurants or bars
  • Check your statement every month and notify the bank of any fraudulent transactions

Shoulder Surfing
Some ATMs ask, “Would you like another transaction?” at the end of your session and requires the PIN (Personal Identification Number) but not the card for more transactions. A crook near the ATM observed you entering your PIN and then uses it to retrieve cash if you don’t close out the transaction with a “NO” response.

To protect yourself:

  • Look around for someone watching your actions before using the ATM
  • Shield the keypad when entering your PIN
  • Read the screen to confirm the transaction closes, and answer “NO” to any additional transactions
  • Check your statement every month and notify the bank of any fraudulent transactions
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David Diaz Released from Jail

David Munoz Diaz has been released from SF County Jail following his 3rd conviction for various violent crimes. Please note that his probation includes a midnight curfew, so call 911 if you see him in public after that hour.

Details in Bay Area Reporter article: Article

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Community Patrol Service 2016 Castro / Duboce Triangle Crime Activity Report Posted

Our close partner, Community Patrol Service USA, just posted their final Crime Activity Report for December 2016, which also includes a table of all “calls to police for service” throughout the year.  You can find the report on our web site under the CRIME STATS tab.   Simply navigate to the Community Patrol Service – Crime Activity Reports section and select the 2016 Castro & Duboce Triangle Crime Activity Reports hyper link, or any of the prior years you may wish to view.

The report is graphically presented on a monthly basis from the Crime Mapping System data and provides a general guide to crime types and locations within a 1/2 mile radius of 2300 Market Street.  While it is a good guide, it does not include ALL incidents as they may not have made it into the Crime Mapping System before the reports were generated, or calls for service may actually not result in any action required by police.

Still, the reports help to show the level of calls to police, and the nature of those calls within a very small segment of the overall Mission Station and Park Station police divisions on a monthly basis.

We would certainly recommend that everyone review the weekly Captains newsletter produced by Captain Perea on the Mission Station web site, and sign up for the Park Station newsletter produced by Captain Sanford to help you stay up to date with what is happening is each Police district.

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Rainbow Crosswalks Damaged

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Hoodline reports that vandals on motorized “dirt bikes” intentionally damaged the rainbow crosswalks at 18th and Castro Streets on December 11: ARTICLE

Groups of bikers have terrorized various neighborhoods for month, popping “wheelies,” ignoring traffic rules and often riding on sidewalks or the wrong way in traffic. The cops are frustrated because, as the article articulates, San Francisco rules prohibit “hot pursuits” (except in the case of felonies such as homicide or robberies) and the bikers often ride without license plates, making identification difficult. They usually ride without helmets, so if you catch a photo with an exposed face, get it to SFPD non-emergency: 415-553-0123. Or you can contact Castro Patrol at info@castropatrol.org for our assistance.

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18th & Diamond Stabbing Is Suspected To Be A Suicide

Community concerns were heightened following the discovery of a man, fatally stabbed,  outside the U.S. Post Office location at 18th Street and Diamond Street within the Castro District of San Francisco.  Initially speculation suggested the man may have been assaulted but San Francisco Police Department Captain Daniel Perea, who commands the Mission District Police Station in which the incident took place, spoke with reporters recently to advise that they are currently believe the victim took his own life.

There were no signs of struggle or other injuries on the victim, and a suicide note was apparently found among the victims possessions.

The Bay Area Reporter has some more details: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=72173 

The holidays can be a particularly tough time of year for many people, and suicide rates tend to rise as a result.  San Francisco has a number of services to assist those considering suicide, or who are experiencing grief as the result of another taking their own life:

 

San Francisco Suicide Prevention 24 Hour Hot-Line:  800-989-5212  or 415-781-0500

California Suicide Support Groups: www.suicide.org

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-8255

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Register Your Bikes

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The “Safe Bikes” program run by SF-SAFE (the same people who sponsor Neighborhood Watch) has helped return hundreds of stolen bikes to their rightful owners. It’s FREE, secure, and only takes a few minutes to register your bicycles in the database. Safe Bikes

The chances of getting your un-registered bike back is pretty close to zero unless you buy it back at one of the auctions the police hold each year to sell un-claimed bikes.

In addition, the police cannot do much about the bike “chop-shops” without evidence that the people running these operations are in possession of stolen property.

[The only serial number on a bike is located on the bottom of the frame under the pedal mechanism.]

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CCOP Safety Presentation

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Here is the text of the information delivered by Castro Patrol at the city-wide LGBT Safety Seminar held on November 28. Take a few minutes to review these points to better prepare yourself for possible hate attacks in the next few months.

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A Time for Awareness

4950_juicedrop_l_rgb_2After the 2016 presidential election, there is a heightened chance that people will feel emboldened to attack LGBT and other minority communities verbally and possibly physically. We must not become paranoid, but should have a heightened awareness about our personal safety and the safety of the community.

Here are a few things we ask of you:
1. Enter these 2 numbers in your phone’s address book and then set them to “Favorites”: 911 for “crime in progress” and 415-553-0123 for non-emergencies. [NOTE: Add 911 because it will be much faster to hit the entry than trying to dial 911 manually.]
2. Report every crime, using 911 for any crime in progress (suspects still in area) and non-emergency (suspects unknown or left the scene). The police need accurate data to manage resources.
3. Get the license number on vehicles and accurate descriptions of suspects.
4. Press charges or be willing testify as a witness if a suspect is detained.
5. Put a safety whistle on your key chain and carry it with you at all times [they are also essential for earthquake safety if trapped in rubble].
6. If you hear someone blowing a whistle, investigate from a safe distance and call 911 if appropriate. [The community had trained itself to do this as a reflex in the 1970’s but has become affected by the “I don’t want to get involved” syndrome in the mean time.]
7. Avoid walking alone at night. Try to travel with friends or stay with the crowd.
8. Find a basic self-defense class or join a martial arts group so you can better defend yourself or others.
9. Join or at least support Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP). You are actually safer when on patrol with a trained, highly visible and well-known group than walking alone. We need a much larger visible presence.
10. Stay informed about threats or attacks via reliable media sources (Hoodline, Bay Area Reporter, Bay Times, network TV, etc.) and avoid the click-bait, conspiracy theory, and 3rd-hand “reports” as many of these are highly embellished or at times made up and tend to frighten more than inform.
11. Form closer bonds with others through your social network, volunteer organizations, communities of faith, etc. so you are part of a larger network who can either help you physically during an attack or emotionally if fear becomes overwhelming.
12. Take care of yourself, take care of your friends, and take care of your community.

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