Atlanta crime grows in May; theft continues to trend upward

The number of crime reports in Atlanta saw an overall increase last month for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 23%, up from 1,833 in April to 2,257 in May.

The offenses most on the rise last month were theft and burglary. Theft rose from 945 reported incidents in April to 1,174 in May. Burglary incidents went from 493 to 609 for the month, or about a 23% increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in assaults, from 221 incidents per month to 268, and in robberies, up from 163 to 189. Assault reports have decreased since the same month last year, while incidents of robbery have declined.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increases last month occurred in Midtown, Home Park and the Old Fourth Ward. Washington Park, Leila Valley and Ben Hill also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Fridays and Thursdays, while incidents on Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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