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

Crime going up in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 18, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall increase for the week of April 4 to April 10 after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,721 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 1,685 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were offenses involving children and auto burglary. Offenses involving children rose to 32 incidents, from 19 the week before. Auto burglary went from 164 to 173.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in public intoxication, from 11 incidents per week to 19, and in arson, from one to three incidents.

There were 229 reported assault incidents. That represents an increase from 221 incidents the previous week. There were also 59 incidents of burglary, up from 51 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of theft went from 255 to 223. Domestic offenses fell from 236 to 221, and criminal mischief went down from 90 to 77.

There were 282 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 27 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 28 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 17 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in 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.

Pleasant Valley experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Montopolis also rose, after declining the week before and incidents in St. Johns are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays witnessed the most crime incidents. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight, and late 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.