San Francisco’s Mission District Seeing Increase In Robberies

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The number of robberies in San Francisco is down slightly so far this year, but there has been an alarming increase in one neighborhood.

In the Mission District, there has been a 96 percent increase in robberies in the past two months.

“There were 28 robberies reported from May to June and 55 robberies reported between June 5 and July 2 of this year,” said San Francisco Police Sergeant Michael Andraychak.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

He said while there has been a spike in robberies in the Mission District, there has also been an increase in arrests, 76 percent more than at this time last year.

Robberies are down 50 percent in the Bayview and 15 percent in the Tenderloin. Andraychak said he’s unsure why the numbers have increased so much in the Mission.

“I can’t say. Sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason as to why robberies happen,” he said. “They are typically crimes of opportunity. Someone will see an individual walking down the street, not being aware of their surroundings and a person will capitalize on that.”

Andraychak said the best thing to do is to stay off your smartphone or iPod and stay alert when walking down the street or using the ATM.

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