The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) saw an increase in reported crimes last month, according to data from SFPD calls provided by crime startup CityCop. Reports called in to the department rose from 26,161 in September to 28,127 in October, about a 7.5 percent increase month-to-month.
However, the overall level of crime reports called in is down almost 3 percent from the same time last year. Since crime tends to follow similar seasonal ups and downs each year, the year-over-year comparison is often most relevant.
The largest increases occurred in reports of suspicious persons and noise nuisances, followed by fights with no weapons, audible alarms, and petty theft. Suspicious persons reports remain the largest category of calls received by the SFPD.
Reports of trespassers are now the second largest category called in to the SFPD. There was a slight uptick of about 1.4 percent from September to October, but there has been a much larger increase of about 33 percent in reports of trespassers from October of 2017.
Homeless complaints used to be the top category of reports called in to the department, but these have dropped to about half the level seen one year ago. There was a slight uptick of about 2.5 percent this last month, but overall the trend remains downward.
Reports of suspicious vehicles, possession, burglary, persons with a gun or knife, purse snatching, stabbing, and assault and battery all decreased at least slightly last month. In addition to homeless complaints, the categories that have decreased the most from October of last year include burglary, shots fired, intoxicated persons, threats or harassment, and fraud.
The number of calls to the SFPD does not necessarily match how many incidents are determined to be actual crimes. When looking at official police reports of crime incidents, the most common offense types are theft, assault, vandalism, burglary, and other offenses like fraud and traffic violations.
Regarding day and time factors, the decrease in call-ins this month occurred mostly on Saturdays and Sundays, while calls to police increased on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Crime reports are fairly evenly spread throughout the week, and all days except Wednesdays have seen a decrease since the same month a year ago. Peak hours for crime reports in SF continue to be from midday to early evening.
To report an emergency or crime in process, contact SFPD at 911; for non-emergencies, call (415) 553-0123.
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