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Crime declining in Orlando: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime declining in Orlando: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 16, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Orlando saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,271 for the week of May 6, down from 1,353 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 173 incidents last week, from 222 the week before. Vandalism went from 42 to 26.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in shootings, from six incidents per week to one, and in robbery, from 17 to 13 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 197 to 219, and burglary rose from 49 to 56.

There were 783 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 37 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 29 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 15 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Holden-Parramore, Florida Center and the Central Business District continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

The Central Business District experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Florida Center also fell for a second week, and incidents in College Park are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Friday and Thursday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Wednesday and Sunday, while incidents on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late night saw the most crime last week.

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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.