The number of crimes in Atlanta saw an overall decrease last week after a previous rise, according to SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 507 for the week of May 20, down from 531 the week before.
The overall decrease in crime reports was led by theft and robbery. Theft fell to 257 incidents last week from 291 the week before. Robberies went from 45 to 37.
There were 140 reported burglaries last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 54 to 70.
There were three reports of "other" crimes, an increase of two from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbances and traffic violations.
Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Midtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Crime in West End decreased the most. Crime reports in Midtown also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the English Avenue neighborhood were down considerably as well.
Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Monday and Tuesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decreases from the previous week occurred on Monday, Friday and Saturday, while incidents on Wednesday, Sunday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late afternoon and early morning saw the most crime last week.
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