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Austin crime going down: Which offenses are dropping most?

Austin crime going down: Which offenses are dropping most?
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By Hoodline - Published on June 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall decrease for the week of May 22 to May 28, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,712 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,786 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were criminal mischief and domestic offenses. Criminal mischief fell to 72 incidents, from 106 the week before. Domestic offenses went from 200 to 170. Reports of domestic offenses have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in harassment, from 48 incidents per week to 35, and in theft, from 250 to 227 incidents.

There was one reported arson. That represents a decrease from two incidents the previous week. There were also 250 incidents of auto burglary, down from 252 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of burglary went from 60 to 88. Drug-related offenses rose from 53 to 74, and fraud or financial crimes went up from 70 to 76.

There were 237 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 35 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 23 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 25 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, North Austin and Riverside continued to have the most reported incidents.

Downtown experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Rosewood also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Franklin Park are down considerably as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Austin? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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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.