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Crime slightly up month-to-month, down year-over-year in San Francisco: What's in the data?

The number of crime reports in San Francisco last month remained about even with the month before, increasing less than a percentage point, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 0.7%, from 11,899 in September to 11,977 in October. Last month’s increase in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 5.3% below the same month a year ago. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

The month-to-month increase in incidents was led by auto burglary and sexual assault. Auto burglary rose from 2,452 reported incidents in September to 2,569 in October, and has grown by 2,438 incidents since October of last year. Rape and sexual assault incidents went from 297 to 352 for the month, or about an 18% increase. Rape and sexual assault reports are up even more from a year ago.

There was also a sizable percentage increase last month in loitering, from 16 incidents per month to 36, and in suspicious person reports, from 204 to 254. Both loitering and suspicious person reports have increased since the same month last year.

There were 123 disorderly conduct reports last month, and three gambling incidents. Disorderly conduct incidents rose from 104 offenses the previous month. There were no gambling incidents reported last month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, fraud and financial crimes went from 396 to 328. Auto theft incidents fell from 487 to 449, and drug-related offenses went down from 319 to 301. All three have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, North Beach, the Marina and Russian Hill saw the largest increase from September to October. Ocean Beach, the Dogpatch and Twin Peaks also saw considerable percentage increases 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 Jackson Square and declined the most in the Upper Haight.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays had the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, midday, late afternoon and evening continue to see the most crime incidents 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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