Violent Crime Rate and Property Crime Rate

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Police Department

FY2017-18
Violent Crime Projection: 768 per 100,000 residents
Property Crime Projection: 6,001 per 100,000 residents

FY2016-17
Violent Crime Rate: 718 per 100,000 residents
Property Crime Rate: 5,736 per 100,000 residents

San Francisco submits crime data on a monthly basis to the federal Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, a program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI UCR program sets guidelines and definitions for what offenses are classified as Part I crimes. Part I offenses are serious crimes that occur with regularity in all areas of the country and are likely to be reported to the police.

  • Property Part I crime categories include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson
  • Violent Part I crime categories include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault

Crime measures are computed crime rates, a common practice in law enforcement, that show the number of crimes per 100,000 residents. This method of calculation is useful when comparing crime rates across and between jurisdictions. Please note that historical data is subject to minor changes as offense type may change during the investigation.

Please use the left and right arrows to toggle between the three charts provided in the window below. The first chart features the overall violent and property crime measures. The second two charts display the number of offenses per crime category.

UCR: PROPERTY AND VIOLENT CRIME RATES PER 100,000 RESIDENTS

How the Police Department is Performing

The Department is requesting a budget that will fund five Academy classes in FY2018-2019, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors in June. Each Police Academy class of approximately 50 recruits is held in order to bring the number of full duty sworn staff to the Charter mandated 1,971 Officers.

VIOLENT CRIME
 
Reducing violent crime is the top priority of the San Francisco Police Department, and the SFPD is working closely with community members and City partners to reduce gun related violence. The SFPD's 2017 annual statistics demonstrate a 3.4 percent decrease in Homicide, and a 5 percent decrease in Homicides by firearm. Through enforcement efforts, the SFPD seized 1,023 firearms in 2017 and collected 275 guns during buyback events, a 29.7 percent increase over 2016. Non-fatal shooting incidents decreased by 15.8 percent.
 
Human trafficking decreased by 32.6 percent; and assaults against police officers decreased by 4%. 
 
PROPERTY CRIME
 
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data shows San Francisco and neighboring Bay Area cities experienced a rise in property crimes during the first six months of 2017. San Francisco saw a 24 percent increase in thefts from vehicles last year.
 
To address these types of crimes, SFPD in 2017 doubled its citywide uniformed foot patrols to deter street crime and focus on neighborhood quality of life issues. Last November, the department created a General Crimes Unit to address serial residential and commercial burglaries, auto break-ins, bicycle thefts and other neighborhood property crimes. In January, 2018, SFPD command staff assigned district station officers to work directly with community members on crime trends, education and prevention strategies.
 
In FY2016-2017, San Francisco police officers booked or cited 790 people for thefts from vehicles. The FY2017-2018 data shows a downward trend in auto burglaries, auto thefts and burglaries. Auto burglaries decreased 11 percent citywide between November 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Auto burglaries decreased 5 percent citywide between December 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018. Auto thefts decreased 11 percent in 2017. Burglaries decreased .8 percent in 2017.
 
SFPD takes these crimes seriously and allocates resources toward deterrence and investigations. By collaborating with community members, San Francisco businesses and law enforcement partner agencies, SFPD is addressing crimethrough education, prevention and the effective investigation and prosecution of criminals.

How Performance is Measured

Each month, San Francisco submits information on the number of Part I offenses reported to law enforcement. The violent crime rate is measured as the number of Violent Part I crimes in the month divided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s San Francisco population estimate multiplied by 100,000. The property crime rate is measured as the number of Property Part I crimes in the month divided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s San Francisco population estimate multiplied by 100,000. Please note that finalized populations estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau are not available until up to six months after the close of the calendar year. Once the most recent population estimates are published, crime data is retroactively updated for accuracy.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program collects data about Part I offenses in order to measure the level and scope of crime occurring in jurisdictions throughout the nation. The UCR program counts crimes when they become known to the police. A series of thirteen reports are submitted to the California Department of Justice each month; CA DOJ in turn reports this data to the FBI. Crime incidents, values of stolen and recovered property values, homicide information, crimes against seniors, hate crimes and domestic violence incidents are some of the summary reports submitted each month to CA DOJ. The submittal deadline is the 10th of the month following the close of the month.

The UCR program is considered a "snapshot of crime" reported in one month. Crime is counted based upon a hierarchical rule following FBI definitions and guidelines, so that all jurisdictions participating in the UCR program follow the same rules. Figures are only updated twice annually. For more information about the UCR program, please visit www.ucr.fbi.gov/word.
 
The San Francisco Police Department also produces a monthly CompStat profile, which often includes additional crimes which have been reported after the UCR submittal deadline. CompStat focuses on all crimes which have occurred during the month, even those reported after the month's end, an important distinction from the UCR standard. These profiles provide a more up-to-date picture of crime in San Francisco, and are used to better evaluate crime fighting strategies and deployment efforts. CompStat reports are posted on the SFPD website at sanfranciscopolice.org/compstatreports.

Part I crime rates from 2009-2014 comes from the SFPD’s CABLE Report POL0216E, except for Homicide (Homicide Detail), Rape (Sexual Assault Detail), and Arson (CrimeMaps-CABLE). Following the implementation of SFPD’s Crime Data Warehouse (CDW) in June 2012, 2015 data on Part I crimes comes from CDW, except for Homicide (Homicide Detail) and Rape (Sexual Assault Detail).

The number displayed on the scorecard page represents a fiscal year-to-date sum.

Additional Information

Visit the San Francisco Police Department website.

Data

Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.