Atlanta crime rising: Which offenses are rising most?

Atlanta crime rising: Which offenses are rising most?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 466 for the week of April 22, up from 420 the week before.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by incidents of burglary and robbery. Reports of burglary rose to 126 incidents last week, up from 104 the week before, and reports of robbery increased from 35 to 48.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in theft, up from 227 incidents per week to 239, and in assaults, up from 51 to 52 incidents.

There was only one reported crime in the general "other" category, a decrease of two from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Midtown and Virginia Highland had the most reported incidents last week. The Downtown and Midtown areas topped the list the previous week in the number of reported crimes as well.

Midtown experienced the highest growth in crime, and crime reports in Downtown also rose after declining the week before. Reports of criminal activity in Virginia Highland are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursday, Sunday and Monday produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, while incidents on Saturday and Friday went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, midday and just after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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