Austin crime rising, which offenses are rising most?

Austin crime rising, which offenses are rising most?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 11, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall increase for the week of April 26 to May 2, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,710 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 1,639 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by auto burglary and assault. Auto burglary rose to 269 incidents, from 178 the week before. Assault went from 202 to 220. Reports of auto burglary have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in criminal mischief, from 81 incidents per week to 95, and in alcohol-related offenses, from 69 to 81 incidents.

There was one reported arson. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 110 incidents of drug-related offenses, up from 96 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of theft went from 250 to 217. Domestic offenses fell from 186 to 167, and offenses involving children went down from 30 to 19.

There were 257 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of one from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 24 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 23 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, North Austin and Windsor Park had the most reported incidents. Downtown and North Austin were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in North Austin went up the most. Crime reports in Pleasant Valley also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Gateway are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Friday, Monday and Saturday produced the most reported crimes. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, while incidents on Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late night and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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