San Rafael police have completed the first phase of a three-stage plan to curb violent crime downtown in the area around the bus station. The city experienced an increase in violent crime around the transit center, in the area extending west on Second and Third Streets from Tamalpais Avenue to B Street, said police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.
Police met with other local agencies to develop a plan, and conducted outreach to business owners in the area that were experiencing problems with crime. Businesses including Marin Film Works, the Golden Gate Bridge and Transportation District and Extreme Pizza agreed to work with police on resolving crimes and to reduce the perception of crime in the area.
At the start of March , police and other agencies launched a crackdown in the area involving uniformed and plain-clothes officers. During the crackdown police contacted 473 people and made 79 arrests on a variety of charges including drug dealing, warrants, sex offender violations, probation violations and intoxication, Rohrbacher said.
Five foot chases occurred during the crackdown involving suspected drug violations, all of which resulted in arrests. Police also observed an attempted purse snatch during the crackdown on the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue during commute hours.
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