San Francisco appears on track in 2009 to have the lowest number of murders in nearly 50 years.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascón announced Tuesday that homicides in the city have dropped from 98 in 2008 to 45 so far this year.
If that number stands, it would the city’s lowest number of homicides since 1961.
San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón
Overall, Gascón says violent crime, a category that includes rapes and aggravated assaults, is down 10 percent from 2008, as hot spots such as the city’s Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood and Mission district are seeing double-digit declines.
Key pieces of crime data from 2009 include:
– In 2009, violent crime in San Francisco was down 10% overall compared to 2008.
– Through Dec 28, there were 45 homicides in San Francisco, down 54% from last year and the lowest rate seen since 1961.
– Rapes are down 8%, robberies down 14%, and aggravated assault down 4%.
– Specifically in the Bayview, violent crime is down 17% over last year. And in the Mission, it’s down 13%.
– The Tenderloin has also experienced drops in crime – 3% less violent crime and 8% less property crime.
– Auto thefts were down 18% citywide since 2008.
Chief Gascón credited the Police Department’s stepped up saturation of crime hot-spots and more focused patrolling as the main reasons behind the drop in homicides and crime.
“I attribute these reductions to the hard work of the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department, our community partnerships, and smart, focused policing,” said Gascón.
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