Houston crime recap: Theft continues to trend down

Houston crime recap: Theft continues to trend downPhoto: iStock
Published on December 21, 2018

Crime incidents in Houston saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 2,074 for the week of Dec. 10, down from 2,097 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 1,327 incidents last week, from 1,392 the week before. Assault went from 216 to 208.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 259 to 308. Shootings rose from three to 10, and robbery went up from 179 to 183.

There were 22 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of nine from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. SpotCrime data also indicates that 15 arrests were made last week, down from 17 arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Alief, Northside/Northline, and Greater Greenspoint had the most reported incidents last week. Alief was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Washington Avenue Coalition / Memorial Park saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Sharpstown also fell for a second week, and incidents in Lazy Brook / Timbergrove are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Tuesdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Sundays and Thursdays, while incidents on Fridays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays went up. Early afternoon, late afternoon, and midday continue to see the most crime incidents.

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