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San Francisco to install license plate reader in Twin Peaks after deadly shooting, break-ins

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — There is a growing safety concern in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood after a shooting left one person dead.

“The victim was in a vehicle when the suspect pulled up alongside him. The victim exited his vehicle and walked toward the suspect. At that point, he was shot in the upper body ” said SFPD Chief Bill Scott.

The shooting at this tourist hotspot took place early Sunday morning.

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The incident is the latest in a string of crimes that have hit the area in recent times, said Mayor London Breed, who called the shooting a “targeted incident” during a studio interview Tuesday.

“Twin Peaks has been a hot spot for some time now. Car burglaries and other violent incidents have occurred, but it is the most beautiful and iconic destination in San Francisco and so we need to think about solutions”, » Said the race.

Breed’s office says some of those solutions will be a gate camera at the entrance to Twin Peaks on Portola Drive, as well as a new license plate reader.

Ideas that appeal to local resident Eric Farb.

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“I support it because I’ve lived here for a while and my house was broken into,” he said.

Farb isn’t alone either.

Several residents in the area told us that they too were worried about their safety.

“Maybe cameras would be helpful, I don’t know. Anything to help solve the problem and at least catch the people doing it,” said Dave Yonemoto.

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Dave and his wife Jan say they have also been victims several times.

Dave says the situation has gotten particularly bad over the past five years.

“I always think it’s the people who come from the outside. They feel like there’s no security, there’s no cops. You know, they break into cars , they steal the catalytic converters,” he said.

And as the city works to solve Twin Peaks’ problems, Farb says he hopes local leaders don’t forget about crime in other parts of the city as well.

“Lately it’s more and more brazen, where people are being arrested at gunpoint. And so it’s getting weird. It’s getting really weird,” Farb said.

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