policeblotter_sfa.jpgThe first block of San Francisco’s Turk Street has drastically more violent crime per capita than any other part of the city, including the rest of the Tenderloin neighborhood, according to a study released today by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and Central City SRO Collaboration.

The authors of the report, “Taking Back Turk Street,” analyzed public data compiled by the San Francisco Police Department between November 2010 and May 2011, and found that the first block of Turk Street has 35 times more violent crimes per 1,000 residents than the rest of the city.

During the 168 days surveyed, there were 248 crimes on the block, which is home to just 438 people, many of them who live in single-room occupancy hotels, or SROs.

“When we started this study we knew it was bad, but it’s even worse than we thought,” said co-author Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, located at 34 Turk St.

He and co-author Jonathan Nathan attribute the statistics to a decline in policing and the operation of an alleged nuisance business, Tenderloin Liquor.

The store allegedly violates city planning code regulations meant to curb the effects of alcohol outlets, such as selling malt beverages with more than 5.7 percent alcohol content, selling single servings of beer, and allowing drinking outside the store, according to the report.

Tenderloin Liquor owner Ahmed Said denied the claims.

“We’ve been here for 20 years and have no violations,” he said, pointing to a large sign prohibiting loitering outside the store. “We run a legitimate business.”

Shaw, however, questioned why the first block of Turk Street has five times as much violent crime as the 200 block of Eddy Street, which has several SROs and similar resident demographics.

He also pointed to a 27 percent decrease in the number of officers at the Tenderloin police station since July 2009 — from 101 to 74 — even though the citywide force has only been reduced by 8 percent.

As a result, Shaw and Nathan devised a five-point action plan that includes enforcing liquor regulations, increasing the number of officers in the neighborhood to 91, and improving pedestrian and street lighting.

“This is just a question of why things are acceptable here that are not acceptable elsewhere,” Shaw said.

Deanna Foster, the owner of Farmer Brown restaurant on the corner of Turk and Mason streets, said she also thinks many people have given up on the neighborhood.

“If you sit in our building and watch outside, it plays like an episode of ‘Cops’–without the cops,” she said.

The restaurant has been open five years, but its management decided within a few weeks to start hiring private security after there was a shoot-out on the corner, Foster said.

“For the most part I think we’ve just built a thick skin,” she said.

Janna Brancolini, Bay City News

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  • Josh

    The liquor store? How about the 20 people who are running their gambit and hanging out in frontggg

  • Josh

    The liquor store? How about the 20 people who are running their gambit and hanging out in frontggg

  • auweia

    this is a misleading and false report, and THC only did the report, with taxpayer dollars, because THC recently moved to that block, and now suddenly they are concerned with crime when they haven’t been for 30 years. In fact, THC, Randy Shaw and the CCSRO, which is funded by THC and recently moved to 27 Turk, has been actively campaigning against the police and development and I have video to prove that as well

    http://www.bluoz.com/blog/index.php?/archives/833-homeless-activists-stopping-development-in-SF.html

    the fact is, 6th Street has even higher crime than Turk and I have the sorted data to prove it

    One Block, One year, 524 police incidents, 1st block of 6th street

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/85359872/6th-st-prel1-524

    7 months, the same period as this so called ‘study’ 294 police incidents

  • auweia

    this is a misleading and false report, and THC only did the report, with taxpayer dollars, because THC recently moved to that block, and now suddenly they are concerned with crime when they haven’t been for 30 years. In fact, THC, Randy Shaw and the CCSRO, which is funded by THC and recently moved to 27 Turk, has been actively campaigning against the police and development and I have video to prove that as well

    http://www.bluoz.com/blog/index.php?/archives/833-homeless-activists-stopping-development-in-SF.html

    the fact is, 6th Street has even higher crime than Turk and I have the sorted data to prove it

    One Block, One year, 524 police incidents, 1st block of 6th street

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/85359872/6th-st-prel1-524

    7 months, the same period as this so called ‘study’ 294 police incidents

  • auweia

    here, I’m giving you first peak, cause I like you guys the best. I finally got one of the basic arguments of this so called ‘report’ posted now

    http://www.bluoz.com/blog/index.php?/archives/1300-San-Franciscos-most-violent-city-blocks.html

  • auweia

    here, I’m giving you first peak, cause I like you guys the best. I finally got one of the basic arguments of this so called ‘report’ posted now

    http://www.bluoz.com/blog/index.php?/archives/1300-San-Franciscos-most-violent-city-blocks.html

  • Eve Batey

    I was just reading that as you commented! Your post is fascinating, thank you.

  • Eve Batey

    I was just reading that as you commented! Your post is fascinating, thank you.