SAN FRANCISCO
01/05/2012 07:37 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2012

Through Hard Times, S.F. Killings At Historic Lows

San Francisco extended a three-year run of historically low homicide totals in 2011, a decline that defies easy explanation as it stretches through tough economic times.

The city experienced a spike in killings from 2004 to 2008, with an average of 93 a year. But the past three years have ended with homicide counts on a level last seen in the 1960s: 45 victims in 2009, 48 in 2010 and 50 last year.

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