Homicide, petty theft on the rise this year, but most other crime stagnant in SF

Homicides in San Francisco in the first half of 2017 rose by 36 percent, compared to 2016, as most other offenses reported to police remained stagnant, according to recently released San Francisco Police Department statistics.

By the end of July 2016, there had been 30 homicides, compared to 41 so far this year, including the latest on Sunday involving a standoff in The City’s Castro District.

Still, most other crimes remained about the same year to date, according to the San Francisco Police Department’s month-by-month CompStat report, which has not been released since February and includes all reported crime up to the end of June.

The latest release is a pared-down version of the once-detailed breakdown of crime across The City. The report, which includes March through June statistics, does not show a breakdown by neighborhood or station, as used to be the case.

The statistics also now only include nine aggregate categories instead of a breakdown of each crime showing, for example, the type of weapon used in an aggravated assault. The CompStat also does not include arrests as it used to.

Department officials did not explain why the CompStat was late or why it had been altered.

According to June’s CompStat, reported rapes dropped from 224 to 223 by the end of June, and robberies increased slightly, from 1,525 to 1,594.

Aggravated assaults, meanwhile, dropped from 1,326 to 1,246, and human trafficking cases dropped as well, from 34 to 12.

Property crime saw some increases over this period. For example, personal theft, also known as larceny, rose by 16 percent, going from 18,936 cases to 21,887.

Arson cases increased from 131 last year to 151 this year. Auto theft remained nearly static with 2,639 cases at this time last year compared to 2,619 this year.

Burglaries declined slightly, going from 2,551 to 2,541.

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