Crime in the Bay Area

They copied my San Jose graphs (here and here) to show that crime has also been declining in San Francisco.  Because after all, I really am the first person ever to use the FBI crime statistics.

Every time a city reports a big drop in crime, someone sends me a link to a story about it. San Francisco is the latest: During the first half of the year, the city saw 14 killings — a 36 percent drop from the 22 recorded at the midpoint last year and a 63 percent decrease from the 38 in 2012. ….”The best guess one can make is that they’re associated with a national trend of lowered homicide rates over the last 20 years,” said Robert Weisberg, a law professor who co-directs the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. “They have settled a bit, but they have gone down in some places.” Weisberg said one big factor in the national drop in killings is “just smarter policing, which requires more police and smarter police, and that includes the use of technology, the targeting of hot spots and CompStat-style policing and gang intervention.”

HT: Bill Sundstrom.  via Murder Is Down 63% in San Francisco. Lead Probably Isn’t the Reason

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