Thieves Using Drill and Emergency Tools to Break into Home Garages in Pacific Heights – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – Neighbors in one of San Francisco’s most luxurious neighborhoods say they fall victim to potential thieves almost every night.

Pacific Heights resident Paul Banas says potential burglars have struck his garage eight times – twice in the last three weeks.

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Last time someone tried to break in by opening the garage vent.

“They drill a hole in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping and the street is quiet. They come with a big drill, and sometimes I actually heard it in the middle of the night, ”Banas said.

He showed us examples of some of the temporary tools he thinks the villains often leave behind. Banas said he would use them in hopes of grabbing the emergency release cords to get inside the garages.

Banas has lived in his home in Vallejo Street for more than a decade.

“We never used the alarm except when we were on holiday further afield. We wouldn’t even think about it, and I think it’s increased. We have a gate in front of our house and we don’t even lock it, ”he said.

He recently expanded his alarm system into his own garage and added metal spikes to the top of the gate.

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“Like many residents, we are worried about what will happen next. We believe the crime came from the tourists who were in the city when there was a lot of crushing and when the tourists disappeared over the pandemic, they had to turn somewhere else and now they are going to these garages. ,” he said.

The garage in neighboring Preston Raisin collided over the weekend.

“So we’ve had two burglary attempts, one real burglary,” he said. “Twice they drilled holes, tried to pull the safety latch and pull the garage door up. So we have latches inside, so they can’t do that. My wife’s pediatrician bag was stolen because they came from the side door, which is pretty brazen because it meant they had to jump the walls to get around our gate.

Raisin said in general that he feels safe in Pacific Heights, where he has lived for 30 years.

“I mean, that’s the price to pay for living in the city,” he said.

Other residents shared a video with KPIX 5 of people who showed up to defend their property. Together, there appears to be a man wandering around in the middle of the night in September.

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“It’s confusing to come out in the morning or come out every morning – basically it’s changed – you come out every morning and first look at the garage, have they run into us again?” said Banas.

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