Austin crime going down, which offenses are leading the trend?

Austin crime going down, which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 03, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall decrease for the week of April 18 to April 24, for the fourth week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,639 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,721 the week before.

Domestic offenses and assault led the decrease in crime reports. Domestic offenses fell to 186 incidents, from 221 the week before. Assault went from 229 to 202. Reports of domestic offenses have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in drug-related offenses, from 117 incidents per week to 96, and in vandalism, from five to two incidents.

There was one reported arson. That represents a decrease from three incidents the previous week. There were also 55 incidents of auto theft, down from 59 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of theft went from 223 to 250. Weapons offenses rose from 11 to 17 and auto burglary went up from 173 to 178.

There were 256 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 26 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 23 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 28 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, North Austin and Riverside continued to have the most reported incidents.

Pleasant Valley experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in North Austin also fell for a second week, and incidents in Montopolis are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursdays, Mondays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Sundays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late night, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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