With crime on the rise in Atlanta, what's the latest in the trend?

With crime on the rise in Atlanta, what's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on March 29, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 387 for the week of March 18, up from 358 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were theft and burglary. Theft rose to 197 incidents last week, from 176 the week before. Burglary went from 103 to 110. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from 31 incidents per week to 38.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 45 to 41.

There was one report in the general "other" category, a decrease of two from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Midtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Southwest also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Old Fourth Ward are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Sundays, Fridays and Mondays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Mondays and Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and early morning 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 SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

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