The number of crime incidents in Raleigh saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.
Incidents fell by 4.4%, from 1,040 in April to 994 in May. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 7% below the same month a year ago. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.
Drug-related offenses and fraud or financial crimes declined the most from the previous month. Drug-related offenses fell from 231 reported incidents in April to 178 in May, and have fallen by 55 incidents since May of last year. Fraud or financial crimes went from 76 to 52 for the month, or about a 31% decrease. Fraud or financial crimes are down even more from a year ago.
There was also a sizable percentage decrease last month in burglaries, from 34 incidents per month to 19, and in robberies, from 25 to 18. Burglary reports have decreased considerably since the same month last year, while robbery incidents have risen.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, auto burglary reports went from 55 to 72. Theft incidents rose from 118 to 132, and vandalism incidents went up from 66 to 76. Overall, there's been a downward trend in auto burglaries since the same time last year, while theft reports have gone up.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Raleigh, Central and Mordecai saw the largest decline from April to May. North Central, Glenwood and South Central also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has declined the most in Five Points.
Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays and Fridays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, early afternoon and late afternoon saw the most crime last month on average.
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