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New Orleans crime declining: Which offenses are dropping most?

New Orleans crime declining: Which offenses are dropping most?
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By Hoodline - Published on June 13, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in New Orleans saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 4,028 for the week of June 3, down from 4,251 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 458 incidents last week, from 494 the week before. Burglary went from 261 to 232.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in robbery, from 33 incidents per week to 18, and in vandalism, from 104 to 83 incidents.

There were 320 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 345 incidents the previous week. There were also 58 shooting incidents, down from 67 the week before.

There were 2,859 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 88 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 84 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 93 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, the French Quarter, Central Business District and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Central City experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Seventh Ward also fell for a third week, and incidents in Dillard are down considerably as well.

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

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

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