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Houston crime recap: Theft trends up, robbery down in overall steady state

Houston crime recap: Theft trends up, robbery down in overall steady state
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By Hoodline - Published on February 14, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Houston last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Theft and burglary led the increase in crime incidents. Theft rose to 1,297 incidents last week, from 1,236 the week before. Burglary went from 259 to 263.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from 145 to 107. Incidents of assault fell from 189 to 175, and shootings went down from nine to five.

There were 62 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of six from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 25 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 26 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Mid West, Greater Uptown, and Northside/Northline had the most reported incidents last week. Northside/Northline was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Sharpstown experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Alief also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Central Southwest are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Mondays, Sundays and Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon, and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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