Crime going up in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going up in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on June 14, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall increase for the week of May 30 to June 5, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents rose to 1,750 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, up from 1,712 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were domestic offenses and theft. Domestic offenses rose to 190 incidents, up from 170 the week before. Theft increased from 227 to 242.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in reports of harassment, up from 35 incidents per week to 45, and in reports of criminal mischief, up from 72 to 85 incidents.

There were two reported arson incidents, an increase from one incident the previous week. There were also 257 incidents of auto burglary, up from 250 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn, reports of assault dropped from 236 to 197. Incidents of burglary fell from 88 to 64, and reports of fraud or financial crimes went down from 76 to 62.

There were 270 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 33incidents from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order. Of those incidents, 35 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 23 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, North Austin and Riverside continued to have the most reported incidents.

Crime in Franklin Park went up the most. Crime reports in Parker Lane also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Pleasant Valley are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes were committed, Friday, Thursday and Saturday had the most crime incidents. The largest increases in reports from the previous week occurred on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, while incidents on Wednesday and Monday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

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

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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