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Washington crime increasing: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Washington crime increasing: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 02, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington saw an overall increase for the week of April 19 to April 25, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 608 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 587 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were auto theft and theft. Auto theft rose to 57 incidents, from 33 the week before. Theft went from 274 to 295. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last three weeks.

There was also a notable percentage increase in arson, from zero incidents per week to one, and in homicide, from one to two incidents.

There were 37 reported robbery incidents. That represents an increase from 35 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of auto burglary went from 178 to 160. Incidents of burglary fell from 26 to 18, and assault went down from 37 to 36.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Anacostia, Capitol Hill and Eckington continued to have the most reported incidents.

Crime in Deanwood went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Shaw also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Catholic University-Brookland are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays continued to witness the most reported crimes. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, evening, early afternoon and late night saw the most crime last week.

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