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Austin crime trending up, which offenses are rising most?

Austin crime trending up, which offenses are rising most?
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By Hoodline - Published on March 29, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall increase for the week of March 15 to March 21, for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,891 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 1,845 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were theft and auto burglary. Theft rose to 300 incidents, from 250 the week before. Auto burglary went from 204 to 218. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in arson, from zero incidents per week to three, and in criminal mischief, from 89 to 103 incidents.

There were 235 reported assault incidents. That represents an increase from 223 incidents the previous week. There were also 86 incidents of burglary, up from 78 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of alcohol-related offenses went from 90 to 76. Domestic offenses fell from 252 to 243, and harassment went down from 43 to 35.

There were 291 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 13 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 26 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 22 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, North Austin, and Windsor Park continued to have the most reported incidents.

North Austin saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Holly also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in North Lamar are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Saturdays, Fridays and Sundays saw the most crime incidents. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening, and late night saw the most crime last week.

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.

Head to CrimeoMeter to get free local crime alerts in your area.

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