Atlanta crime incidents up in April; theft rises, burglary drops

Atlanta crime incidents up in April; theft rises, burglary drops
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By Hoodline - Published on May 07, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 12%, up from 1,625 in March to 1,833 in April.

Theft and assault reports increased the most from the previous month. Theft rose from 781 reported incidents in March to 945 in April. Assault incidents rose from 189 to 221 for the month, or about a 16% increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in robbery, up from 145 incidents per month to 163, and in vandalism, up from zero to one. Robbery reports have decreased since the same month last year, while vandalism incidents have declined.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, burglary reports dropped from 495 to 493.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the Downtown, Grant Park and Old Fourth Ward saw the largest increase from March to April. Ormewood Park, Atlanta University Center and Peachtree Heights West also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Tuesdays, Mondays and Thursdays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Tuesdays, Mondays and Thursdays, while incidents on Fridays, Sundays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early afternoon and early morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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