San Francisco saw an increase in shootings and to attack in the first six months of this year compared to the same time frame in 2020, in which police are grappling with a shortage of 400 police officers, officials said Monday.
Police Chief Bill Scott said the city reported 119 shootings — fatal and nonfatal — compared to 58 in the first half of last year. The data follows a national trend that many cities are experiencing. There are shootings in Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, Baltimore, and Houston, to name a few.
“We’re almost double where we were in the past two years, and that’s a big concern,” Scott told reporters during a semi-annual report on crime trends in the city.
He also said there were no robberies despite viral videos being brutaltaal daytime thefts in shops. In a robbery captured on video last week at a Nieman Marcus in Union Square, 10 people entered, grabbed designer bags and ran to waiting cars.
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That video followed another one from a man who fills a garbage bag with items in a San Francisco Walgreens as people recorded it with their cell phones.
Currently, the San Francisco Police Department is short of 400 officers, Scott said. Many law enforcement agencies have seen a drop in retention rates as more officers decide to retire early due to an increase in violent crime and calls to relieve police forces in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Scott used the press conference to push for more agents.
“This is not something for a year,” he said, according to… SF port. “The mayor has done everything he can to prevent us from getting smaller… Recruitment is very difficult at the moment.”
At the start of the briefing, Mayor London Breed said the 1,000 car break-ins reported each month are likely to be committed by 10 groups of people. She also acknowledged attacks on elderly and Asian residents and the shoplifting, many of which were captured on video.
In May, two elderly Asian women were stabbed as they waited for a bus in downtown San Francisco and the attack was captured on video. It was the latest in a series of attacks on Asian Americans in the city and nationwide since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
“Those videos aren’t just going viral in San Francisco, they’re going viral all over the world,” Breed told reporters. “But what’s not going viral… is the fact that in almost every case, our police department has arrested many of the people involved in these particular crimes.”
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On Monday, law enforcement officers and city leaders met with: President Biden to discuss ways to tackle the crime wave across the country.
To address the rise in gun violence in San Francisco, police are building relationships with community members and are partnering with the California Partnerships for Safe Communities, a coalition of organizations that identify people at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators. of a crime and who work with families to prevent crime, Scott said.
“If you come to San Francisco and commit a crime, you will be arrested,” Breed said.