Homicides down, car thefts up in San Antonio crime report
Homicides and violent crime decreased in San Antonio from 2022 to 2023, while car thefts were on the rise.
Driving the news: Police Chief William McManus shared the city's 2023 crime statistics with a City Council committee Tuesday.
- The police department submitted the numbers to the FBI, which has yet to officially sanction the report, McManus said.
By the numbers: There were 165 homicides in San Antonio last year, a 28.6% drop from the 231 homicides in 2022, McManus told the Public Safety Committee.
- Human trafficking dropped 12.5%, assaults by 9.4% and sex offenses by about 30.9%.
Meanwhile, motor vehicle thefts rose by about 53% — from 12,551 in 2022 to 19,225 in 2023.
The big picture: The trends in San Antonio mirror national changes.
- The U.S. saw one of its largest annual drops in homicides in 2023, while motor vehicle thefts rose.
Flashback: San Antonio began a new hot spot policing effort early in 2023, the first phase in a violent crime reduction plan commissioned by the University of Texas at San Antonio.
What's next: The second phase of the plan is now underway. It's focused on addressing the root causes of crime, from poor lighting to code violations.
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