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Crime on the decline in Orlando: What's the latest in the trend?

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

The number of crime incidents in Orlando saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,182 for the week of April 8, down from 1,256 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 184 incidents last week, from 201 the week before. Theft went from 205 to 198. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease in robbery, from 14 incidents per week to nine.

There were four reported shooting incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 21 to 34. Incidents of burglary rose from 32 to 40, and arson went up from zero to two.

There were 711 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 68 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 21 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 27 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Holden-Parramore, Florida Center and Millenia had the most reported incidents last week. Holden-Parramore and Florida Center were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Central Business District saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Holden-Parramore also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in South Orange are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late morning 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.