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

The number of crime incidents in San Diego saw an overall increase last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 629 for the week of May 20, up from 573 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and burglary. Theft rose to 252 incidents last week, from 221 the week before. Burglary went from 49 to 57.

There was also a sizable percentage increase in robberies, from 15 to 18 incidents.

There were 90 reported assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from 89 incidents the previous week. There were also 57 incidents of vandalism, up from 53 the week before.

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

Of those incidents, 153 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 141 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Pacific Beach, the Gaslamp and East Village had the most reported incidents last week. Pacific Beach and East Village were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in The Gaslamp went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for three weeks in a row. Crime reports in Petco Park also rose for a second week, and incidents in Point Loma Heights are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Monday, Saturday and Sunday, while incidents on Friday and Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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