Murders Fall, Violent Crime Up Slightly, As New Crime Figures Are Released

Violent crime made a slight uptick in San Antonio in the first half of 2019, according to new statistics released today by the FBI, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The FBI's January-June Preliminary Semiannual Crime Report follows all types of crime through the first half of 2019.

In San Antonio, overall violent crime was up about 1%, and the number of murders in the city, 53 in the first half of 2019, is down by five from the second half of 2018.

Aggravated Assault is down by a similar percentage.

Non violent crimes affect more people, and many saw a jump last year. Larceny, for example, which is the legal term for theft, shot up from 22,900 in 2018, to nearly 25,000 in the second half of last year. Motor vehicle theft was also up from 2955 in 2018 to nearly 3500 last year.

Many of those property crime numbers are simply the result of there being more property, as the City of San Antonio grows, there are more cars to steal.

But burglary fell last year, from 4642 cases in 2018 to 4142 in the first half of 2019.

San Antonio hasn't seen nearly as large a crime spike as Dallas, which is in the middle of a citywide debate over crime. Murders in Dallas increased in the second half of 2019 to 109, from 81 the year before, and property crimes are also rising in 'Big D.'

Houston, like San Antonio, saw murders fall slightly in the first half of 2019, and property crime drift upward.

Interestingly, despite the stereotype that the Rio Grande Valley is a center of cartel crime, neither the cities of Brownsville or McAllen had a single murder in the first half of 2019.

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