Friday, November 29, 2013

Smartphone Robberies Send Crime In San Francisco To 5-Year High

Those who can't break in to Bernanke fueled Silicon Valley riches are just takig.

Crime is at five-year high in San Francisco and according to police, the increase of smartphone robberies is largely responsible, reports KCBS.

The latest numbers show that nearly 46,000 crimes were reported to police the end of October—the most ever since the San Francisco Police Department started tracking trends with their CompStat database in 2009.

At the current rate, the city could experience a 22% jump in crime, largely due, police say, to the theft of smartphones, tablets and other easy to grab electronics.

Twenty-five percent of all crime happens in the densely-populated downtown area from the Embarcadero to Duboce Avenue. It’s a target-rich environment for thieves with plenty of workers and expensive real estate.

The statistics, however, are rosy compared to the numbers in Oakland and San Jose.

Oakland saw an increase of 23% in property and violent crime, and a 43% spike in burglaries.

Meanwhile, San Jose saw property crime go up nearly 33%.

1 comment:

  1. Wenzel, if you haven't looked into it already I would suggest taking a look at Prey as anti-smartphone theft deterrent.