Miami crime drops for fifth month; assault continues to trend down

Crime incidents in Miami saw an overall decrease last month, for the fifth month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 17 percent, from 2,057 in November to 1,707 in December. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Assault and vandalism incidents declined the most from the previous month. Assault fell from 377 reported incidents in November to 297 in December. Vandalism incidents went from 22 to 14 for the month, or about a 36 percent decrease.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, theft reports went from 778 to 823. Robbery incidents rose from 36 to 56, and burglary incidents went up from 129 to 134.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Little Havana, Liberty City and Allapattah.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays produced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Thursdays, Saturdays and Fridays, while incidents on Tuesdays and Wednesdays went up. On average, late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month.

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