Atlanta crime on the decline: Which offenses are falling most?

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 389 for the week of April 8, down from 416 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 39 incidents last week, from 60 the week before. Theft went from 206 to 194.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 35 to 39. Incidents of burglary rose from 113 to 114, and vandalism went up from zero to one.

There were two reports of "other" crimes, even with the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Lenox experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Hunter Hills also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Sweet Auburn are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Saturdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Mondays and Sundays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early afternoon and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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