This week I would like to address robberies. The Mission District has experienced a rise in street robberies over the past few weeks. Overall, robberies in the Mission have risen 41% this year. The robberies have occurred in various parts of the district. They have also occurred at different times. However, we have found that a higher percentage of the robberies occur between the hours of 8pm and 12 am. Many of the robberies involve the theft of cell phones.
Despite the rise, Mission Station officers have made numerous arrests for street robberies this year. Our officers have made 55 arrests for robbery this year. This number accounts for a 1000% rise in robbery arrests compared to last year. Mission Station officers are actively engaging in tactics aimed at reducing street robberies. These measures include patrol saturation in target areas and enforcement operations involving both uniformed and plain clothes officers.
In addition to enforcement operations, personal safety and awareness is a large component of robbery prevention. San Francisco SAFE is a good resource for personal safety tips and information. I encourage you to visit the SFSAFE website at www.sfsafe.org. In the coming months, Officers from Mission Station will be working towards reducing the numbers of robberies and maintaining the high number of arrests.
Captain Bob Moser