San Antonio crime reports drop; theft continues to trend down

San Antonio crime reports drop; theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on October 04, 2019.

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

Incidents fell by 9.5%, from 41,139 in August to 37,248 in September. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain at about the same level as a year ago. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

The offenses most on the decline last month were theft and assault. Theft fell from 7,804 reported incidents in August to 6,750 in September, and has fallen by 2,965 incidents since September of last year. Assault incidents went from 4,111 to 3,663 for the month, or about a 10% decrease. Assault reports are down even more from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease last month in shootings, from 579 incidents per month to 424, and in burglary, from 2,100 to 1,895. Both shootings and burglary have decreased since the same month last year.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Prospect Hill, Downtown and Dellview Area saw the largest decline from August to September. Donaldson Terrace, Palm Heights and Five Points also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Mission San Jose, and declined the most in Los Angeles Heights - Keystone.

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

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