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SF crime: incidents declining month-over-month, year-over-year

The number of crime incidents in San Francisco saw a month-over-month decline last month, after a previous rise.

According to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources, crime incidents fell by 4.6% last month, from 10,781 in May 2019 to 10,281 in June 2019.

Last month's decrease is consistent with a longer-term downward trend; crime in San Francisco in June 2019 is about 12% below where it was in June 2018. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The offenses most on the decline last month were burglary and theft. Burglary fell from 493 reported incidents in May 2019 to 374 in June 2019, and declined by 199 incidents since June 2018.

Theft incidents went from 3,049 to 2,956 from May to June 2019, a 3.1% decrease. Theft reports are down even more from a year ago.

In smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease last month in prostitution, from 91 incidents per month to 12, and in fraud or financial crimes, from 390 to 310. Incidents of both prostitution and fraud or financial crimes have decreased since last June.

There were 20 arson reports last month, and 27 offenses involving children. Arson has gone down by about 39 percent since June 2018, and offenses involving children have decreased by about 30 percent.

A few types of offenses saw a month-over-month uptick from May to June. Assault reports jumped from 723 to 775, vandalism incidents rose from 601 to 645, and robbery incidents went up from 248 to 276. But all three have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last June.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Bayview, SoMa and the Financial District saw the largest decline from May to June. Dogpatch, Portola and Sunnyside also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in the Tenderloin and declined the most in the Mission.

Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays saw the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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