Burglars switch to homes in S.F. as tourists, and their cars, stay away

The coronavirus pandemic has put a lot of people out of work, but there’s one occupation that’s busier than ever — burglary. And more brazen too.

a group of people walking down the street: Mission District residents are contending with a 78% increase in burglaries over last year.

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Mission District residents are contending with a 78% increase in burglaries over last year.

Look at the numbers.

As of Friday, there were 4,983 reported burglaries in San Francisco this year — about 21 a day. That represents a 42% increase over the same period in 2019.

The highest number of break-ins has been in the San Francisco Police Department’s Northern District, with 1,018 burglaries since Jan 1.

Northern District covers the Civic Center, Western Addition, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow and the Marina — it has seen a 43% rise in burglaries.

Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who represents the Marina and Cow Hollow, said the station captain told her that it’s up more like 90%

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M5 to stay closed until Monday after crash and vehicle fire in Gloucestershire

Motorists are being warned that the M5 has been closed – and will remain sealed off to traffic until tomorrow.

Highways England said the northbound M5 between junction 11 at Gloucester and junction 9 at Ashchurch has been shut following an earlier incident and vehicle fire.

It’s expected to remain closed until early tomorrow

The southbound carriageway is currently also closed although it’s anticipated at least one lane of the southbound carriageway will be reopened shortly.

a view of the side of a road: The M5 will remain closed until Monday

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The M5 will remain closed until Monday

Our sister title Gloucestershire Live reports that a multi-vehicle crash at 5.20am caused an ‘explosion’ to be heard from as far as Bishop’s Cleeve, around three miles from the motorway.

Motorists are being advised to reconsider their journeys or find alternative routes.

Highways England Network Operations Manager Beverley Mears said: “We are working at the scene with emergency service partners.

“Due to extensive road

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how to stay safe as UK cycle sales soar

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Photograph: DWD-photo/Alamy

The coronavirus crisis has resulted in Britons buying bikes in huge numbers, but in tandem with increased sales has come an epidemic of theft. Insurers are warning that claims have leapt by 46% in the past seven weeks compared with last year.

In April, at the height of lockdown, the number of bikes sold rose by 60%. The biggest change was in those valued at £400 to £1,000, sales of which doubled.

So what can you do to protect your bike?

Buy a good lock

The industry’s rule of thumb is to buy a lock for a price equal to 10% to 20% of the bike’s cost. Thieves are lazy and mostly target cheap locks.

In its guide to protecting your bike, the insurer Admiral cites the Kryptonite New York M18 U-lock as being good quality. It costs £82.99 at Wiggle.co.uk. Add a cable for another tenner, so

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7 things you need to stay safe while going out and social distancing this summer

Stay safe and socially distant this summer.
Stay safe and socially distant this summer.

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As certain states and cities implement phases to open up select businesses, scenarios like going out to restaurants and getting hair cuts are becoming a reality again (although these things do pose a risk for infection without a vaccine available). People are also starting to go outside more. 

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that staying home is still the safest place to be during the coronavirus pandemic and prevent the spread, choosing outdoor activities limits your risk of exposure compared to indoor gatherings, according to public heath experts. This is because the airborne particles can better disperse outside, reducing the chance of contraction, says Harvard Medical Center.

As you go out more, there are some extra precautions you can

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