A woman who's lived in San Francisco nearly 30 years says she may finally be done with San Francisco after her historic home on 18th Street was broken into — and the burglars left heroin works, including a used hypodermic needle, on her dining room table.
Angela Padilla took her story to ABC 7, as you can see in the segment below, describing how she and her family returned home from vacation on July 2 to find it ransacked, with evidence that the thieves both enjoyed a meal and shot up while sitting at her dining room table. "I mean, used hypodermic needles? Actual heroin on my table. No! That is not acceptable. It's just not," Padilla says.
Additionally, the house was robbed of jewelry and some family heirlooms.
Padilla, who appears to work in legal at Uber, says that the house was "a real fixer upper" when she bought it 12 years ago, but the area around Dolores Park has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. She says her young daughter is scared to walk to the ice cream shop down the street (Bi-Rite Creamery) because of the scary characters she has to walk past to get there. And now Padilla says she's scared even having her children at the home.
"I'm done. I really I think I am done with San Francisco," she tells ABC 7. "The city has become too chaotic, it's a cesspool, there seems to be no hope in sight." She further says that the city needs "better law and order."
She says her car has been broken into multiple times on the street, and in one instance, "Four or five people looked in my car as I was sitting in the car waiting there."
Can you imagine coming home to find your home burglarized, and a needle and heroin on your dining room table? This San Francisco woman told me it happened to her, and now she's moving: https://t.co/gn0OTVKQ7Q— Kumasi Aaron ABC7 (@KumasiABC7) July 10, 2019
Whether or not she will actually move immediately isn't clear, but Padilla showed off an expensive new security system she was having installed, cameras and all.
Property crime overall in SF was down 8 percent last year from the previous year — and down 16 percent from a nationally ranked high in 2016 — but obviously it remains a widespread problem, with car break-ins in tourist areas one of the biggest categories. Also, we know that SF's intractable problem with homelessness continues to worsen, and some of those homeless live on the streets of the Mission and Castro, and many are homeless because of addictions. This year's homeless census — which did not actually include in-depth interviews with everyone counted — suggests that 42 percent of those homeless use drugs or alcohol, and 18 percent of those surveyed cited addiction as the primary reason for their homelessness.