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Austin crime dropping, which offenses are leading the trend?

Austin crime dropping, which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 11, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall decrease for the week of March 29 to April 4, for the third week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,685 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,865 the week before.

Auto burglary and domestic offenses led the decrease in crime reports. Auto burglary fell to 164 incidents, from 202 the week before. Domestic offenses went from 269 to 236. Reports of auto burglary have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in public intoxication, from 24 incidents per week to 11, and in alcohol-related offenses, from 95 to 71 incidents.

There was one reported arson. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 51 incidents of burglary, down from 59 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of assault went from 199 to 221. Drug-related offenses rose from 105 to 112, and suspicious person went up from 16 to 19.

There were 255 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 10 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 17 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 16 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, North Austin, and Windsor Park had the most reported incidents. Downtown and North Austin were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Franklin Park experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Brentwood also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Sweet Briar are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Fridays, Sundays and Saturdays produced the most reported crimes. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon, and late night 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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