The SFPD unleashed their official year-end crime statistics for 2015 today, and not at all surprisingly, property crime has gone up again driven especially by car break-ins which we already learned hit a five-year high last summer, per an early report of these stats released in January. All told, there were 25,899 reports of car break-ins in 2015 (that's slightly different than the number we heard in January, which was 26,491), which marks a 30.62 percent bump from 2014, or an average of 70 such passenger-window smash-and-grabs per day.
Overall, property crime was up 17.55 percent over 2014. And just put that in perspective, Oakland actually saw a drop in property crime in the same period of 1.5 percent.
Violent crime remained essentially flat year over year, but the SFPD is now stressing they're showing some progress on gun violence overall. Though the homicide count went up there were 52 murders in SF in 2015 compared to 45 in 2014 shootings actually went down by 6 percent overall. 183 people were shot, which is the lowest that number has been in five years. SFPD spokes-officer Albie Esparza tells the Chronicle, "Our main focus is on the reduction of violent crimes because those are crimes against people."
While many critics of the state Prop 47, passed in 2014, blame that proposition for emboldening petty criminals because it writes off crimes that were previously considered felonies as misdemeanors, that certainly would not explain why Oakland isn't having the same problem SF is having with these smash-and-grabs though they certainly occur there too.
The Chron also interviewed two auto glass repair shop owners to put the new auto theft stats in perspective, with one, Michael Connolly of Glass Plus on South Van Ness Avenue, saying he's been seeing 30 customers per day in recent weeks with smashed windows suggesting these numbers may continue to be on the rise.
He also waxes a bit emotional on the topic, given the crazy rents people are paying to live here (even though a competitor at another glass shop says at least a third of the customers he sees have out-of-town plates). "It’s hard enough for people to be here,” Connolly tells the paper. "If it’s costing you your heart and soul to live here in San Francisco and then your car gets broken into, just think about it."