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Crime dropping in Washington: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime dropping in Washington: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 11, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington 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 504 for the week of April 1, down from 538 the week before.

Theft and robbery led the decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell to 407 incidents last week, from 427 the week before. Robbery went from 44 to 25.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in burglary, from 19 incidents per week to 17.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 32 to 37, and shootings rose from eight to 11.

There were seven 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.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Anacostia, Capitol Hill and Eckington continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Foggy Bottom decreased the most. Crime reports in Georgetown also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Southwest are down considerably as well.

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

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.