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Austin crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Austin crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 25, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin decreased slightly for the week of May 9 to May 15, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,785 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,815 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and criminal mischief. Assault fell to 198 incidents, from 218 the week before. Criminal mischief went from 104 to 85. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in offenses involving children, from 30 incidents per week to 18, and reports of a suspicious person also went down from 16 to 11 incidents.

There were 70 reported auto theft incidents. That represents a decrease from 74 incidents the previous week. There were also 13 incidents of robbery, down from 16 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of burglary went from 46 to 74. Incidents of auto burglary rose from 251 to 261, and drug-related offenses went up from 76 to 84.

There were 276 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of four from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 26 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 21 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, North Austin and Windsor Park continued to have the most reported incidents.

Georgian Acres experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Brentwood also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Montopolis are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Friday, Sunday and Thursday saw the most crime incidents. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Tuesday and Monday, while incidents on Thursday and Friday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late night 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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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.