Atlanta week in crime: Theft rises, burglary drops

Atlanta week in crime: Theft rises, burglary drops
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By Hoodline - Published on March 21, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 358 for the week of March 11, up from 324 the week before.

Theft and assault led the increase in crime incidents. Theft rose to 176 incidents last week, from 135 the week before. Assault went from 42 to 45.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 108 to 103, and robbery fell from 35 to 31.

There were three reports of "other" crimes, an increase of one from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Midtown, Downtown and Mechanicsville had the most reported incidents last week. Midtown and Downtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Midtown saw the largest increase. Crime reports in East Atlanta also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Venetian Hills are up considerably as well.

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

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