Chief McManus briefed City Council on 2023 crime data Tuesday

The chief talked about crimes described in three separate categories: Crimes against persons, crimes against property and crimes against society.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Police Chief William McManus briefed City Council on crime data over the last year on Tuesday.

We did some digging and found police data published by the city that covers crime stats from January of last year to October, and we found the rate of murders and violent assaults are down, but the number of stolen vehicles has skyrocketed up 6,000 from the same time last year.

The chief talked about crimes described in three separate categories:

  • Crimes against persons – murders, assaults, and sex offenses
  • Crimes against property – arson, burglary, theft & fraud
  • Crimes against society – animal cruelty, gambling, and drug crimes

The chief compared 2023 data to the year before, and discussed what factors have influenced criminal activity.

“The good news is that violent crime statistics are down,” said Melissa Cabello Havrda, Councilman District 6. “While the numbers are encouraging, they are not much solace to the victims of crime.”

The chief also talked about the new programs and initiatives that have been added to combat crime.

One important thing the chief said was that if a neighbor sees something, they should call 311 or SAPD non-emergency and report it.

City Council asked about the uptick in mail theft in San Antonio and what can be done to prevent it.

“The penalty for mail theft is not enough to deter anybody from doing it,” said Chief McManus.

According to that data online, stolen property offenses have gone down slightly.

But just Monday night, police say a man woke up to find suspects burglaring his car and those suspects started shooting at him.

The man’s sister was hit multiple times.

Chief McManus said you can access crime data by going to the SAPD website.

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