Crime going down in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going down in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin decreased slightly for the week of March 22 to March 28, for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,865 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,891 the week before.

Assault and burglary led the decrease in crime reports. Assault fell to 199 incidents, from 235 the week before. Burglary went from 86 to 59.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in robbery, from 19 incidents per week to 13, and in arson, from three incidents to one.

There were 202 reported auto burglaries. That represents a decrease from 218 incidents the previous week. There was also one incident of homicide, down from two the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of domestic offenses went from 243 to 269. Alcohol-related offenses rose from 76 to 95, and harassment went up from 35 to 47.

There were 265 reports of miscellaneous "other" crimes, a decrease of 26 from the previous week. Those crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 16 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 26 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, North Austin and Riverside had the most reported incidents. Downtown and North Austin were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown experienced the largest drop in crime; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Windsor Park also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in East Cesar Chavez are down considerably as well.

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