Robberies and aggravated assaults are up, while rapes and homicides are down. Source: San Francisco Police Department.

Robberies and aggravated assaults are both up in the Mission District, while reports of rape are the lowest in at least five years, according to San Francisco police data.

By the end of August, reports of robberies increased by 41 percent in the Mission compared to the first eight months of 2012, and by 45 percent from 2010, according to the most recent police data. Aggravated assaults went up more incrementally, with an 11 percent increase from last year, and 29 percent from two years ago.

Incidents of rape dropped from 23 to eight since last year, a 65 percent decline, according to police data.

The adjacent charts give a closer look at the above data, which compares all violent crime in the Mission District over the past five years.

Note: As a result of San Francisco police changing the way they report data over the years, information in 2009, 2010 and 2011 includes crimes reported through the first few days of September.

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  1. Is that what you think the new rich tech folks bring to the table? That they buy in the community? They sure do, if Bi-Rite, and high end shops and eateries are what you call the community. When the tech community starts spending more of their money in arts organizations, cultural organizations, long standing latino owned and operated businesses, then you can say you contribute. Right now the tech community brings nothing to the table but their money, that they generally put back into fancy recently opened businesses. Oh, but you’re right, buying tacos at a local joint once in awhile totally makes up for how damaging you are to the community overall. I’m not saying that new rich tech people deserve to be the victims of crime (they don’t!), but if you refuse to have any awareness about your surroundings (i.e wondering around late at night with ear buds in, listening to music on your iphone, or are drunk and talking on your phone at night), or what your community stands for in this community (gentrification, evictions, etc) then you are definitely more likely to fall victim to crime. It doesn’t make it ok, it’s just true. Shroudwoman is absolutely right in her assessment of why crime is up.

      1. Oh please. I am white. My experience in this neighborhood is that the extreme influx of wealth is damaging to the fabric of this neighborhood, and what makes it unique. If you are too self absorbed to see that, well you just made my point for me.

    1. Maybe you should make a genuine effort to get to know the property owners and landlords *in your community* who are actually the ones renting/selling to those oh-so-terrible tech folks. Ask ’em why they don’t care about the demographics of the Mission, why they’re so greedy, and why the community doesn’t seem to mean anything to them.

      When you do that, please post you find out!

      1. I do know landlords in this community. Many of them have very mixed feelings about the way things are going.

  2. The violence is because you all invaded our town. You can’t have thousands of well paid, rude ,20-something technobots flaunting their wealth and gadgets moving into a Barrio and not have more crime. It was worse during the DotCom. Im amazed the 22nd St. Gang and other gangs and harsh teenagers aren’t mowing down more of them everyday. Certainly the local San Franciscans (25yrs. plus) who made this town interesting, respected its history and made great efforts to integrate into the cultures of this town and make it better are on the verge of strangling the next headphoned iPhone focused technobot that runs into them on the street!

    1. Yes, all these well-paid 20-somethings are behaving much worse than the locals who assault and rob people. Lets kick out the residents who work hard and put their money back into local businesses, but by all means, the people who commit the crimes are welcome to stay.

      Victim blaming isn’t just for rape victims.

  3. where are the links to the adjacent charts you mention? It’s impossible to understand the homicide data in that graph because its being swamped out by the robbery and and assault numbers.

    1. Mel– We had a technical problem with the charts yesterday, but it’s since been fixed. Thanks.