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Detroit crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on May 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Detroit saw an overall decrease for the week of April 18 to April 24, for the second week in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,190 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,247 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and auto burglary. Theft fell to 59 incidents, from 94 the week before. Auto burglary went from 104 to 77. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in theft, from 39 incidents per week to 22, and in fraud or financial crimes, from 88 to 77 incidents.

There were four reported homicide incidents. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 26 incidents of rape or sexual assault, down from 27 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of burglary went from 92 to 108. Weapons offenses rose from nine to 25, and arson went up from nine to 21.

There were 52 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 46 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Warrendale, Franklin Park and Brightmoor had the most reported incidents. Warrendale was at the top of the list the previous week as well. Reports of crime decreased last week in Morningside and Midtown.

Grandmont-Rosedale saw the largest decline; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports for Wayne State also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Downtown are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Thursdays, Sundays and Saturdays witnessed the most crime incidents. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Fridays, while incidents on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and after midnight 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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