This week, the FBI released crime statistics for 2016 and San Antonio saw a drastic spike.
KENS 5 took a closer look at a few violent crimes, which include homicide and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, and aggravated assault.
From 2015 to 2016 homicides increased by 58 percent, rapes by 13 percent, and aggravated assault by 31 percent.
“We saw it develop through the year. We watch those crime stats every day and we come up with different tactics and strategies to address the crimes and clusters of crime,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
Chief McManus added that some crimes are random and difficult to prevent, but they’ve implemented a new strategy to reduce crimes in 2017.
“We came up with a concept of the violent crime task force.” Chief McManus said. “What it does is it focuses everyone’s mission on a violent crime. And this year, because of the violent crime task force concept and because of the street crimes unit and the patrol officer, our arrests are off the chart."
So far this year, the number of homicides are down but rape and aggravated assault are higher than in 2016.