Violent crime in San Francisco down from last year

August 17, 2011 10:40:44 PM PDT
The San Francisco Police Department can point to just-released crime statistics as proof officers are doing their job.

From January to June this year violent crime in San Francisco dropped 6 percent over last year, with property crimes diving 8 percent from 2008. The city's murder rate is also now the lowest since the 1960s.

Mayor Ed Lee credits San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr for getting more officers out on nights and weekends despite budget cuts.

Lee said he believes the increased police presence is a major factor in the declining crime rate.