Homicides in the Mission District were down in 2017, with eight murders reported by the end of the year, compared to 10 homicides in 2016.
In 2017, 56 homicides occurred citywide, compared to a total of 58 in 2016.
The first homicide of 2017 took place on New Year’s Day, but 2018 did not see its first killing until last Thursday, when a 59-year-old homeless man was stabbed to death at 25th Street and Potrero Avenue.
During a Police Commission meeting a day before this year’s fatal stabbing, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said he was proud to see a marked improvement in homicides between 2016 and 2017.
“This time last year we had three, so hopefully we’ll continue to work hard … I think that’s a significant accomplishment,” he said.
At a press conference earlier last week, Scott said that homicides were up in the summer of 2017 compared to 2016, but said the city saw a slowing homicide rate by the end of year, which he attributed largely to the doubling of citywide foot patrols in September. (The foot patrols quadrupled in the Mission.)
Last year, the city saw a 24 percent rise in property crime, with car break-ins in the Mission up 182 percent in the first seven months of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year, prompting calls for beefed-up enforcement from district stations. But Scott noted that violent crime will remain the top priority.
“We can only be effective with property crime if we keep our violent crime in check,” he said, “because the violent crime sucks up a lot of resources and is a huge priority for our city.”