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Houston crime on the decline in February; theft continues to trend down

Houston crime on the decline in February; theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on March 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Houston saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 11 percent, from 8,463 in January to 7,467 in February.

Theft and robbery led the most recent decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell from 5,394 reported incidents in January to 4,910 in February. Robbery incidents went from 720 to 501 for the month, or about a 30 percent decrease.

There were 806 assault reports last month, and 1,001 burglary incidents. Assault incidents dropped from 897 offenses the previous month, while burglary reports decreased by 119 incidents.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Sharpstown, Alief and Northside/Northline saw the largest decline from January to February.

Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays went up. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and midday continue to see the most crime incidents 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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