Talking to police

Shomrim of Baltimore, a highly organized all-volunteer group of mostly orthodox Jews, takes citizen on patrols to a new level by responding to calls throughout Baltimore's Jewish neighborhoods 24/7. Ronnie Rosenbluth, vice president of Shomrim of Baltimore, talks with Officer Robert Hankard, of Northwest district neighborhood services' bike units, on information of unattended vehicles called in by concern citizens in the Pikesville neighborhood. The two are pictured in Rosenbluth's pizza shop on Reisterstown Road. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / November 11, 2009)

Shomrim, the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group, is well-known for its work in its Northwest Baltimore community. Last night, they say they helped someone in San Francisco. 

In an e-mail to supporters, the group said that it received a call to its hotline last night from a woman who was locked in a storage rental facility with her kids. She was "hysterical" and crying, and her phone died during the call. But Shomrim says its dispatcher was able to determine she was at a storage facility in San Francisco that was closed for the day. They were able to make contact with San Francisco police, who called back later to say they had located the woman and children. 

"We have no idea how the woman had Shomrim's hotline number, but it certainly worked out for the best," the group said. They called it the "single most exceptional call in the last 7,300 that Shorim has fielded since our founding."

Attempts to get additional information from San Francisco Police were not immediately successful.