Atlanta crime increasing: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Atlanta crime increasing: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 23, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall increase last week after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 530 for the week of May 13, up from 475 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and burglary. Theft rose to 291 incidents last week, from 268 the week before. Burglary went from 122 to 140. Reports of theft have continued to increase for the last five weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in robbery reports, up from 36 incidents per week to 45, and in assault reports, up from 48 to 54 incidents.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Midtown, Downtown and the West End had the most reported incidents last week. Midtown and Downtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

The West End saw the largest increase in criminal incidents. Crime reports in the English Avenue also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Underwood Hills are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Monday, Friday and Tuesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Friday and Monday, while incidents on Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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