Crime increasing in Atlanta: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime increasing in Atlanta: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 25, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall increase last week after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 420 for the week of April 15, up from 389 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 227 incidents last week, up from 194 the week before. Assault went up from 39 to 51.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary dropped from 114 to 104, and robbery fell from 39 to 35.

There were three reports of "other" crimes, an increase of one from 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, Downtown, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Lindridge – Martin Manor experienced the highest growth in crime; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Harland Terrace also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Blandtown are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Wednesdays and Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late morning and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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