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Policeman keeps his eyes and baton ready to control the crowds of Giant Fans on Valencia street and 16th

Cell phones, bikes and motorcycles are prime targets for robbery in the Mission, and Tuesdays see the highest crime rates, according to new crime statistics from the Mission Police Station.

The intersection of Mission and 16th streets continues to produce the highest number of calls to the police station of any area in the district.

The San Francisco Police Commission met at Everett Middle School on Church Street this week to hold its regular meeting and hear from residents served by the Mission Station in the Mission and Castro districts. Over a dozen community members spoke, mostly residents of the Castro.

One Mission resident spoke on behalf of a community member who had been intimidated multiple times by police officers in the neighborhood. But the majority of the speakers only had positive feedback for the Mission Station police officers.

The following is a selection of trends and statistics from the Mission Station service area during 2012, presented at the meeting by Captain Robert Moser.

Time of Day and Year

  • The hour of 1 a.m. sees the highest concentration of first-priority calls to police
  • The hour of 3 p.m. sees the highest concentration of second-priority calls
  • The hour of 10 p.m. sees the highest concentration of first-, second- and third-priority calls combined
  • The highest number of incidents in 2011 and 2012 were in the months of July and August

Crime Statistics

  • The Mission is responsible for 13 percent of the city’s police calls, second to the Southern Station service area
  • Aggravated assaults increased 21 percent from 2011 to 2012
  • Burglaries increased 48 percent from 2011 to 2012, partly attributed to an increase in bike thefts
  • Motor vehicle thefts increased 28 percent from 2011 to 2012
  • Crime overall increased 8 percent from 2011 to 2012


  • Robbery and larceny arrests each decreased about 22 percent between 2011 and 2012
  • Motor vehicle arrests decreased 31 percent between 2011 and 2012
  • Burglary arrests increased 88 percent

First Quarter of 2013

  • In comparison to the first quarter of 2012, motor vehicle theft decreased 45 percent
  • Overall crime has decreased 20 percent
  • Robbery arrests increased 445 percent (11 arrests were made in the first quarter of 2012 and 60 have been made this year)
  • Aggravated assault arrests increased 74 percent

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  1. Really glad to see the impressive performance in 2013! Keep up the good work and eventually the trouble makers will be off our streets!

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  2. Are some of these crimes committed by people coming into the Mission on Bart from other areas of SF, or even from outside of the city?

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  3. what are the SFPD doing to address the issues at 16th and Mission, if anything ?

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Part of the Compstat presentation this week included the explanation that the Mission Station police dedicated increased enforcement to the 16th and Mission area beginning in August 2012 and also that police were joining forces with BART police and adult probation officers.

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      1. What are they doing about the SRO’s in that block? They really are the course of most of this crime. The dealers, prostitutes, etc. all operate out of these ‘hotels.’

        Shut them down and the crime would DRAMATICALLY decrease

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