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SoMa crime report: Assault with bat, purse snatching, and neighborhood crime by the numbers

A purse snatching, an assault with a bat, and a violent robbery were among the most notable crime incidents to take place in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood this past week, according to data from Citizen, which monitors 911 and dispatch calls in real time.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, police responded to a report of a man assaulting another man with a bat near 1254 Mission St. (between Eighth and Ninth streets). The male victim sustained life-threatening injuries, including a laceration above his eye, according to initial reports. Two suspects were said to be involved in the assault, but were not immediately apprehended.

Police responded to a report of someone snatching a woman's purse at Yerba Buena Gardens shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. Three suspects reportedly fled northwest on Third Street toward Market. 

On Monday, police responded to a report stating that a group of six men punched a woman in the face at Harrison & 10th, stole her cell phone and fleeing towards Bryant Street.

Other incidents reported to police over the past week included 36 reports of assault, 13 reports of burglary, and three reports of indecent exposure.

To put those incidents in context, it should be noted that the number of crime reports in SoMa saw an overall decline last month, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents reported in SoMa fell by 5.8%, from 1,387 in June to 1,307 in July. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the neighborhood's monthly total at about 26% below the same month a year ago. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

Citywide crime levels in San Francisco also declined last month. Among the 83 neighborhoods in the city covered by our data, SoMa ranked seventh in crime incidents per square mile. The neighborhood with the highest crime density last month was Union Square.

Theft and assault incidents declined the most in SoMa from the previous month. Theft fell from 398 reported incidents in June to 330 in July, and has fallen by 191 incidents since July of last year. Assault incidents went from 126 to 101 for the month, or about a 19% decrease. Assault reports are also slightly down from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease last month in robbery, from 39 incidents per month to 27, and in harassment, from 17 to 13. Both robbery and harassment have decreased since the same month last year.

There was one reported arson last month, and six offenses involving children. Arson has gone down by about 75% since July of last year, and offenses involving children have decreased by about 57%.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, vandalism reports went from 76 to 97. Fraud or financial crimes rose from 45 to 61, and auto theft incidents went from 37 to 43. Vandalism incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year, while fraud or financial crimes have gone down.

Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents in the neighborhood last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late morning, early morning and after midnight 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.

Head to CrimeoMeter to get free local crime alerts in your area. To track real-time 911 incidents near you, check out the Citizen app for iPhone and for Android


This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed and augmented 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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