Houston week in crime: number of incidents even with previous week

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Published on February 22, 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.

The specific offense that decreased the most was theft, which fell to 1,264 incidents last week, from 1,323 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 109 to 147. Incidents of assault rose from 200 to 233, and shootings went up from five to eight.

There were 40 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 27 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, 13 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 29 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Alief, Sharpstown, and Mid West had the most reported incidents last week. Mid West was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Mid West experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Northside/Northline also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Greater Uptown are down considerably as well.

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

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