Miami crime incidents down in April; theft drops but shootings on the rise

The number of crime incidents in Miami saw an overall decline last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 18%, from 2,552 in March to 2,072 in April.

Most types of crimes decreased this month, led by theft and assault. Theft fell from 1,019 reported incidents in March to 837 in April. Assault incidents went from 478 to 363 for the month, or about a 24% decrease.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease last month in vandalism, from 27 incidents per month to 12, and in robbery, from 63 to 45. Vandalism reports have decreased since the same month last year.

There were 102 burglary reports last month. Burglary incidents dropped from 110 offenses the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, arson reports went from zero to one. Shooting incidents rose from two to three.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Little Havana, Allapattah and Liberty City. Coral Way, Overtown and Brickell also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Tuesdays, Mondays and Thursdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays, while incidents on Thursdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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