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

Crime rising in San Diego: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on September 19, 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 reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 721 for the week of Sept. 9, up from 689 the week before.

Theft and assault led the increase in crime incidents. Theft rose to 269 incidents last week, from 227 the week before. Assault went from 96 to 113.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in burglary, from 33 incidents per week to 44.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 66 to 48, and robbery fell from 23 to 17.

There were 230 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 13 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, 229 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 239 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Pacific Beach, East Village and Midway District 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 East Village went up the most. Crime reports in University Heights also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Serra Mesa are up considerably as well.

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

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