New Orleans crime on the rise in May; theft and burglary increase

New Orleans crime on the rise in May; theft and burglary increase
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By Hoodline - Published on June 05, 2019.

The number of crime reports in New Orleans saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 8.4%, from 18,060 in April to 19,572 in May.

Theft and burglary reports increased the most from the previous month. Theft rose from 1,943 reported incidents in April to 2,201 in May. Burglary incidents went from 1,109 to 1,312 for the month, or about an 18% increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in assault, from 1,457 incidents per month to 1,622, and in shootings, from 314 to 389. Assault reports have decreased since the same month last year, while shooting incidents have declined.

There were four arson reports last month, and 133 robbery incidents. Arson incidents rose from one offense the previous month, while robbery reports increased by 28 incidents.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Central Business District, Mid-City and Central City. Pontchartrain Park, Leonidas and Lower Garden District also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Wednesdays, Fridays and Thursdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Mondays and Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, midday, early afternoon and late afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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