San Francisco police release 2015 year-end crime statistics

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco police have released their 2015 year-end crime statistics to the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting program.

Overall, the number of Part 1 crimes in San Francisco rose 15.3 percent in 2015 from 2014, according to the report. This was because of the 17.55 percent increase in property crimes, the report said.

Part 1 crimes include eight categories–murder and nonnegligent homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and arson, according to the FBI.

Although Part 1 crime increased in 2015, violent crimes flatlined compared to the previous year, but gun violence went down 6.15 percent, according to the report. The decline in gun violence is a trend that has continued over several years.

“The Police Department continues its successful strategies to reduce violent crime with an emphasis on collaboration with other City departments as part of the Mayor’s Street Violence Reduction Team Initiative,” Ofc. Albie Esparaza said in a press release. “This citywide effort focuses on the prevention of violence through strategic intervention efforts in those neighborhoods most impacted by homicides and violent crimes. The initiative not only focuses on enforcement efforts, but brings together a variety of City departments to provide resources and support for those impacted by violent crime, especially victims and young children.”

But the number of homicides increased in San Francisco from 45 in 2014 to 52 in 2015. The number of reported rapes went down, however, from 355 to 344.

But theft from vehicles saw the biggest increase from 2014. Those crimes were up 30.62 percent in 2015, the report indicated.

Esparaza said San Francisco police have taken action to curb the rise in car thefts.

“Bi-monthly meetings with district station Captains, Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations were held to coordinate efforts and identify areas being hit particularly hard by this type of criminal activity. By using tactical and strategic analysis reports created by the Crime Analysis Unit which highlighted high-crime areas as well as time of day/day of week these crimes were occurring, members assigned to the Patrol Bureau Task Force (PBTF) worked alongside district station undercover teams to perform enforcement activities in these targeted areas,” he said in a press release.

Police said other major cities in California are experiencing increases in vehicle theft.

Below is the full report:

WEB LINKS:

Part 1 Crime Definitions: http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/offenses.cfm

More on Uniform Crime Reporting Program: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/word

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