The Chron reports:
San Francisco residents witnessed an increase in homicides in 2010, with 50 people killed compared with 45 in 2009.
Yet police officials said the overall number of reported violent crimes in the city - homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault - fell 3 percent.
The decline in violent crime, and declines in homicide rates in other Bay Area cities, has been attributed to violence reduction programs and zone enforcement strategies, focused on gangs and organized crime. However, some expressed concern that the decline is due to less reporting by citizens.