Crime on rise in San Diego: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime on rise in San Diego: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in San Diego saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 631 for the week of April 22, up from 547 the week before.

Assault and vandalism led the increase in crime reports. Assault rose to 117 incidents last week, from 72 the week before. Vandalism went from 44 to 71.

There was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from 19 incidents per week to 26, and in arson, from zero to two incidents.

There was one reported shooting last week compared with no shootings in the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 241 to 229, and burglary fell from 44 to 33.

There were 152 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 25 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 148 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 125 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Village, Core-Columbia and North Park had the most reported incidents last week. East Village was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Core-Columbia experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in North Park also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Midway District are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, while incidents on Monday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late night and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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