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San Francisco's 2021 crime data just came out. Here’s what the numbers show. – SF Gate

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San Francisco's 2021 crime data just came out. Here’s what the numbers show. – SF Gate

An SFPD patrol car.
The San Francisco Police Department released its crime data for 2021, indicating an uptick in crime from 2020, but overall lower crime rates than pre-pandemic levels.
In San Francisco overall, property crimes went up 11% and violent crimes went up by 1% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to San Francisco police’s Compstat data. (Compstat, or computer statistics, is a program used mainly by U.S. police to track and analyze crime statistics.)
But these numbers, as a whole, were lower than crime from 2019 and years past. From 2014 to 2019, between 56,000 and 63,000 total violent and property crimes were recorded. In 2021, there were a total of 49,685 recorded crimes.
Burglaries are also still at high rates, with 7,217 recorded in 2021, just a few hundred fewer than the year before but more than 40% higher than 2019 levels. That number is particularly notable, given the Louis Vuitton smash-and-grab that reached national headlines late last year.
Larceny theft is perhaps the crime with the most significant uptick from 2020, with a 21% increase — and a 39% increase of “theft from vehicle.” That said, these numbers are still lower than 2019’s. In 2019, 42,022 larceny thefts were recorded by San Francisco police — last year, there were 31,139. (Larceny theft — and property theft in general — is one of the more underreported crimes in the city, especially among business owners who say that it is not worth reporting them to police.)
One concerning note: Homicides are the one crime continuing to rise from pre-pandemic levels. Fifty-six were reported in 2021, eight more than in 2020 and 15 more than in 2019; 2017 was the last year with that many homicides reported.
But some violent crimes — primarily rape and robberies — are at their lowest since 2014, the last year of publicly available Compstat data on the San Francisco Police Department’s website.
The one San Francisco police district with more crimes reported across all types in 2021 is the Mission. All violent and property crimes increased in the district, according to police data, except for human sex trafficking. Those numbers, however, are still lower than 2019’s.
Earlier this week, San Francisco police also released data on hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, with 60 victims reporting to the police in 2021, up from nine the year before.
These statistics come as Mayor London Breed reiterated her plans to get more overtime funding for police and fire departments Wednesday. Breed has ramped up efforts to crack down on crime in recent months. In December 2021, she announced a massive campaign over San Francisco crime, including launching an “emergency intervention plan” in the Tenderloin, altering the city’s surveillance ordinance and increasing police funding.
In a public address Wednesday, she cautioned that without this emergency funding, police will face staff shortages and delayed police academy classes.
“We’ve invested in a number of alternative response teams including our Street Crisis Response Teams, we’ve invested in mental health reform and programs like the Dream Keeper Initiative, to transform our communities – but we also need to invest in our officers,” Breed said in a tweet. “Passing this measure means we keep our public safety departments and ensure they can keep providing critical services.”
SFGATE reporter Ariana Bindman contributed to this report.
Joshua Bote is an assistant news editor for SFGATE. He grew up in the Los Angeles area, went to UC Berkeley and has previously worked as a reporter at USA Today and a music writer at NPR. Email: joshua.bote@sfgate.com

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