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Published on March 08, 2019
Atlanta crime drops for third month; theft continues to trend downPhoto: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall decline last month, for the third 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 2,026 in January to 1,677 in February.

Most types of crimes decreased this month, led by theft and assault. Theft fell from 1,128 reported incidents in January to 805 in February. Assault incidents went from 259 to 216 for the month, or about a 16 percent decrease.

There were two shooting reports last month, and one vandalism incident. Shooting incidents dropped from three offenses the previous month, while vandalism reports stayed even.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, robbery reports went from 114 to 135. Burglary incidents rose from 497 to 499.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Midtown, Buckhead Forest and Downtown.

Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays saw the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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