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Washington crime declining, which offenses are dropping most?

Washington crime declining, which offenses are dropping most?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 04, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington 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 511 for the week of March 25, down from 542 the week before.

Theft and robbery led the decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell to 406 incidents last week, from 433 the week before. Robbery went from 50 to 44.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease in burglary, from 21 incidents per week to 19.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from two to eight, and assault rose from 25 to 27.

There were seven reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of four 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, one involved an arrest, the same number as the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Anacostia, Capitol Hill and Eckington had the most reported incidents last week. Anacostia and Capitol Hill were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime Downtown decreased the most. Crime reports in the U Street Corridor also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Dupont Circle are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays, while incidents on Thursdays and Tuesdays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late night and early morning saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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