The Mission District has seen a drop in most violent crimes between 2015 and 2016, according to Capt. Bill Griffin. Homicides were up, however, with three this year. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

The Mission District has seen a drop in most violent crimes between 2015 and 2016, according to Capt. Bill Griffin. Homicides were up, however, with three this year. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Most violent crime drops in the Mission, but homicides up in 2016

Most crimes declined in the Mission District from 2015 to 2016 — except for homicides — but so far this year violent crime in the neighborhood has risen, said newly-appointed Capt. Bill Griffin.

“We’re seeing a rise in violent crime,” Griffin said at a Police Commission meeting last week, noting that the rise in such crimes this year has mostly been focused around nightlife.

Griffin said the most worrying rise in such crimes are homicides. There have been three homicides in the Mission so far this year, he said.

But he mostly delivered good news to the commission, which met in Griffin’s district at James Lick Middle School.

In 2016, violent crime declined overall by 5 percent in the Mission District, but homicides and aggravated assaults increased.

In 2016, there were a total of nine homicides in the neighborhood, which was a jump from two in 2015.

Aggravated assaults rose slightly in 2016, with 596 reported last year, compared to 572 in 2015.

But other violent crimes declined in 2016.

Rapes declined 22 percent, dropping from 27 reported cases in 2015 to 21 in 2016.

Robberies dropped by 14 percent. In 2015 there were 570 reported robberies, compared to 486 in 2016.

Griffin said that car breaks-ins are also a problem he is attempting to combat.

The captain also described the kinds of calls that police responded to most in 2016. At the top of that list came homeless-related issues, followed by mental health calls.

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