New Orleans crime climbs for fourth month; theft rises, burglary drops

The number of crime reports in New Orleans saw an overall bump last month, for the fourth month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 18 percent, from 15,722 in February to 18,671 in March.

The offenses most on the rise last month were theft and assault. Theft rose from 1,735 reported incidents in February to 2,044 in March. Assault incidents went from 1,250 to 1,523 for the month, or about a 21 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in arson, from one incidents per month to eight, and in vandalism, from 376 to 474. Arson reports have decreased since the same month last year, while vandalism incidents have declined.

There were 295 shooting reports last month, and 100 robbery incidents. Shooting incidents rose from 253 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports increased by 27 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, burglary reports went from 893 to 852.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the French Quarter, Central Business District and Central City saw the largest increase from February to March. Tulane-Gravier, Treme' Lafitte and Gentilly Woods also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Saturdays, Sundays and Fridays continued to produce the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Sundays and Fridays. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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