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New Orleans crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on June 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in New Orleans saw an overall decrease last week after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 4,238 for the week of May 27, down from 4,533 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were burglary and shooting. Burglary fell to 258 incidents last week, down from 347 the week before, and shootings went from 108 to 66.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in vandalism, down from 135 incidents per week to 104, and in theft, down from 512 to 491 incidents.

There were 344 reported assault incidents last week, which is a decrease from 359 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery rose from 24 to 33.

There were 2,942 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 105 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, 93 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 103 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, the French Quarter, the Central Business District and Central City had the most reported incidents last week. The French Quarter and the Central Business District topped the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Mid-City decreased the most. Crime reports in the Central Business District also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Viavant-Venetian Isles are down considerably as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in New Orleans? 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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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.

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