New Orleans crime climbs for third month; assault continues to trend up

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

Incidents rose by 2.9 percent, from 15,285 in January to 15,722 in February.

Assault and burglary reports increased the most from the previous month. Assault rose from 1,109 reported incidents in January to 1,250 in February. Burglary incidents went from 809 to 893 for the month, or about a 10 percent increase.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in shootings, from 234 incidents per month to 253. Shooting reports have decreased since the same month last year.

There was one reported arson last month. Arson incidents remained at about the same level as the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, theft reports went from 1,786 to 1,735. Vandalism incidents fell from 388 to 376, and robbery incidents went down from 79 to 73.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest increase last month occurred in the French Quarter, Leonidas and West Lake Forest. St. Bernard Area, Lower Garden District and Read Blvd. West also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Saturdays, Fridays and Sundays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Sundays and Saturdays, while incidents on Thursdays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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