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Crime increasing in Chicago: What's the latest in the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Chicago saw an overall increase for the week of March 11 to March 17, for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 4,438 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 4,181 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were assault and theft. Assault rose to 1,312 incidents, from 1,202 the week before. Theft went from 879 to 930.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in offenses involving children, from 34 incidents per week to 49, and in arson, from five to 10 incidents.

There were nine reported homicides. That represents an increase from eight incidents the previous week. There were also 45 incidents of rape or sexual assault, up from 40 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of robbery went from 123 to 109. Incidents of burglary fell from 139 to 131, and drug-related offenses went down from 272 to 267.

There were 1,036 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 52 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the Loop, South Austin and Englewood continued to have the most reported incidents.

The Loop saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Wrigleyville also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Lakeview are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Saturdays, Fridays and Mondays produced the most reported crimes. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, midday and evening continue to see the most crime incidents.

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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