Robberies rise in recent months even as they decline in past year

Robberies rise in recent months even as they decline in past year

A 47-year-old woman was walking near the intersection of Eddy and Gough streets Sunday afternoon when a man pushed her to the ground, took her tablet and ran.

Despite such a drop in the number of such incidents compared to this time last year, robberies have actually been on the uptick in recent months, according to the captain of the Northern Police Station, which covers a swath of territory stretching from Marina Green to Hayes Valley.

“The rising number is very concerning,” Capt. John Jaimerena wrote in the station’s May 13 newsletter. “I have the Northern Station Street Crimes Team shifting their main focus to robbery abatement and I have our uniform officers saturating areas which we believe are ripe for would-be robbers.”

Where the increase in robberies are centered and whether there is a pattern remains to be seen, wrote the captain.

“So far, no pattern is emerging,” wrote Jaimerena.

Jaimerena said the Crime Analysis Unit has been asked to see if there are any patterns, but they have yet to find a pattern in the area.

Still, the rise was also seen citywide from March to April.

According to the newsletter, robberies jumped by 18 percent in that time across The City, going from 215 reported robberies in March to 253 in April.

In the Northern District, robberies saw an even higher jump — 46 percent. In March there were 26 reported robberies and in April 38 were reported.

The department’s latest citywide data on crime shows that year over year robberies are down, even if there is a recent rise.

From April 2015 to April 2016, robberies declined by 26 percent. Overall, that meant a decline from 1,289 by April 2015 to just 960 by the end of April.

Last year, The City saw an 11.9 percent increase in robberies when compared to 2014. Still, robberies since 2010 have fluctuated, but overall trended upwards.

According to the department in 2010 there were 3,180 robberies reported. The next year robberies dropped to 3,088. But in 2012 there were 3,484, and the next year there were 4,202. In 2014 robberies declined to 3,224 and in 2015 they jumped up again to 3,610.

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