Crime levels decline slightly in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime levels decline slightly in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 25, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin for the week of April 10 to April 16 remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Drug-related offenses and auto theft led the decrease in crime reports. Drug-related offenses fell to 88 incidents, from 117 the week before. Auto theft went from 59 to 48.

There was also a sizable percentage decrease in burglary, from 59 to 48 incidents.

There were three reported arsons. That represents a steady state from 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 criminal mischief went from 77 to 93. Incidents of assault rose from 229 to 244, and alcohol-related offenses went up from 71 to 79.

There were 292 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 10 from the previous week. Other crimes includes 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, the same number as the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, North Austin and Riverside continued to have the most reported incidents. Reports of crime increased in North Austin.

Downtown saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Coronado Hills also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in East Congress are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Mondays and Tuesdays had the most crime incidents. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Sundays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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