San Antonio crime incidents up in March; vandalism rises, arson drops

The number of crime reports in San Antonio saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 8.5 percent, from 37,623 in February to 40,831 in March.

The offenses most on the rise last month were vandalism and theft. Vandalism rose from 952 reported incidents in February to 1,152 in March. Theft incidents went from 9,183 to 9,318 for the month, or a 1.5 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in shootings, from 409 incidents per month to 483, and in burglary, from 2,062 to 2,154. Shooting reports have decreased since the same month last year, while burglary incidents have declined.

There were 4,753 assault reports last month, and 461 robbery incidents. Assault incidents rose from 4,665 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports increased by 40 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, arson reports went from two to one.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Highland Hills and Prospect Hill saw the largest increase from February to March. Sonterra-Stone Oak, MacArthur Park and Vista also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while incidents on Mondays, Thursdays and Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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