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Chicago crime on the decline: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Chicago for the week of March 18 to March 24 remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by assault and auto theft. Assault fell to 1,295 incidents, from 1,353 the week before. Auto theft went from 161, down to 131.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in arson, from 10 incidents per week to five, and in kidnapping, from six to three incidents.

There were 156 reported burglary incidents. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also six incidents of homicide, down from eight the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of theft went from 920 to 1,006. Incidents of robbery rose from 108 to 119, and rape or sexual assault went up from 47 to 53.

There were 974 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 37 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, South Austin, the Englewood, and the Loop continued to have the most reported incidents.

Lakeview saw the largest decline. Crime reports in the East Garfield Park also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the Loop are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays saw the most crime incidents. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Sundays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon, and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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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