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Car break-ins on the rise at popular SF tourist spot


SEVERAL HOURS THAT WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS PARKING LOT, WE HAVE SEEN PURSES, WE HAVE SEEN LAPTOPS, WE HAVE SEEN BACK PACKS LEFT HERE IN PLAIN SIGHT. MANY PEOPLE WE SPEAK TO TELL US THEY ARE SEEING THE SIGNS. THEY’RE LOOKING AT WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND, BUT THEY DON’T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM. UNTIL IT DOES.>>>IT’S A SCENIC VIEW THAT EVERYONE WHO COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO HAS TO SEE, MAKING A THIEVES’ DREAM HOT SPOT. FOR THIS CAR WE’RE SEEING HERE, YOU CAN VISIBLY TELL THERE’S THINGS INSIDE. WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? WHAT ARE THIEVES DOING?>>THIEVES ARE COMING UP AND SEEING THE SAME THING YOU AND I WOULD SEE. THEY COME UP TO A VEHICLE AND THEY WOULD LOOK AT THOSE BAGS AND SAY, OKAY, LOOK AT THAT. THEY HAVE STUFF IN THERE I CAN COMPLETELY SEE.>>Reporter: IN A MATTER OF 10 TO 15 SECONDS, WINDOWS ARE SMASHED AND PEOPLE LIKE NAVY OFFICER ANDREW GETTY GO FROM TOURIST TO VICTIMS.>>>DID YOU SEE THE SIGNS AROUND THE PARKING LOT?>>OH, YEAH, YEAH, I DID. DON’T LEAVE YOUR — DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES, RIGHT? WELL, I’M MOVING WITH A WIFE AND TWO KIDS.>>Reporter: THE BRAZEN THIEVES STOLE FOUR BACK PACKS WITH PERSONAL DOCUMENTS, A LAPTOP AND HIS WIFE’S PURSE. TO THEM THAT CAN BE REPLACED EXCEPT.>>WHEN AN 8 OR 9-YEAR-OLD MOVES, WHAT ARE THE THINGS SHE BRINGS WITH HER? IT’S HER STUFFED ANIMALS, COUPLE BOOKS THAT SHE LOVES, HER DIARY.>>WE HAVE SIGNS OUT, PREVENT AUTO THEFTS.>>Reporter: WE WALKED AROUND THE SMALL PARKING LOT. IN A MATTER OF TIN MINUTES WE SAW FIVE VEHICLES WITH VISIBLE BELONGINGS INSIDE.>>ANOTHER SUITCASE.>>Reporter: ANOTHER SUITCASE. MINUTES LATER THE SUITCASE OWNERS SHOWED UP. IT TURNS OUT THEY’RE ON THEIR HONE I MOON VISITING FROM ITALY. THANKFULLY THEIR BELONGINGS WERE NOT STOLEN.>>I DON’T KNOW. THIS, BREAK MY GLASS OR TAKE MY BAGGAGE, I DON’T THINK — >>Reporter: NOW, ACCORDING TO THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE CAPTAIN, A TOTAL OF 71 CAR BREAK-INS HAVE TAKEN PLACE THIS YEAR ALONE. TO PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE, IN THE FIRST SELF INMONTHS OF LAST YEAR, 38 CAR BREAK-INS WERE ROHRED IN THIS AREA. BACK TO YOU GUYS.>>SO, LUZ, DOES IT APPEAR THAT THE SIGNS, THOUGH, ARE WORKING? WHAT ARE OFFICERS DOING?>>Reporter: SO, THEY ARE WORKING IN THE SENSE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOTICING THEM. LIKE THIS ONE RIGHT HERE THAT I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU RIGHT BEHIND US. IT SAYS PREVENT AUTO THEFTS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR VALUABLES WITH YOU. PEOPLE ARE SEEING THEM, BUT THEY’RE JUST NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THEY’RE STILL LEAVING THEIR BELONGINGS INSIDE THEIR CARS. AND WHAT THE OFFICER WAS TELLING ME, ONE BIG ADVICE IS IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THOSE 10, 15 MINUTES TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, LEAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR CAR OR STAY, JUST WATCHING THIS AREA TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BELONGINGS, IF YO

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