SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – There is some positive news on the crime front in San Francisco as violent crime is down six percent from a year ago and homicides have stabilized at a 50 year low.

The latest crime stats from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr showed that rapes, robberies and assaults are all down so far this year and homicides have not increased for the third year in a row.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“In other cities, you hear about shootings daily and we’re just not going through that right now in San Francisco,” Suhr said.

Property crime is down as well although there has been a small increase in theft.

Chief Suhr said there is a new spirit of cooperation with the community and other law enforcement agencies and there has been better deployment of officers on the streets.

“There was a real coming together where we’re now realizing this peace dividend if you will,” he said.

Despite the positive numbers, Suhr said there is still plenty of work to do and said that even though the murder rate is under control, even one homicide is too many.

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