Atlanta crime declines in June; theft drops, burglary rises

Atlanta crime declines in June; theft drops, burglary rises
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By Hoodline - Published on July 05, 2019.

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

Incidents fell by 9.2%, from 2,258 in May to 2,050 in June. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain about even with the same month last year. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The month-to-month decrease in reports was led by theft and assault. Theft fell from 1,175 reported incidents in May to 1,016 in June, and has fallen by 679 incidents since June of last year. Assault incidents went from 268 to 217 for the month, or about a 19% decrease. However, assault reports have increased since a year ago, so there is still some ground to recover.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease last month in robbery, from 189 incidents per month to 175. Robbery reports have increased considerably since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, burglary reports went from 609 to 622. Burglary incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year. There were four reported shootings in June compared with no shootings in May. 

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Grove Park, Old Fourth Ward and Home Park. Carver Hills, Washington Park and Atlanta University Center 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 gone up the most in Midtown, and declined the most Downtown.

Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late morning and midday saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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