Austin crime levels go down last month: which offenses lead the trend?

Austin crime levels go down last month: which offenses lead the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on July 12, 2019.

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

The number of reported incidents fell by 7.2%, from 8,947 in May to 8,306 in June. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain at about the same level as a year ago. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The number of reported auto burglary and domestic offenses declined the most from the previous month. Auto burglary fell from 1,200 reported incidents in May to 1,036 in June, but has risen by 168 incidents since June of last year. Reports of domestic offenses fell from 1,142 to 1,054 for the month, a 7.7% decrease. Reports of domestic offenses are down even more from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease last month in the number of fraud or financial crimes, down from 390 incidents per month to 319, and in reports of harassment, down from 218 to 180. Both fraud/financial crimes and reports of harassment have decreased since the same month last year.

There were 1,035 assault reports last month, and 327 reported burglary incidents. The number of reported assaults has gone down by about 4% since June of last year, and the number of reported burglary incidents has decreased by about 10%.

Among the few types of crime reports that saw an uptick last month, weapons offenses rose from 45 to 65. Criminal mischief ts rose reports rose from 484 to 501, and the number of reported public intoxication incidents went up from 88 to 98. Reports of weapons offenses and criminal mischief incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Riverside, West University and University Hills saw the largest decline in incident reports from May to June. Old West Austin, Pecan Springs Springdale and Windsor Hills 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 Allandale, and declined the most in Downtown.

Saturdays, Sundays and Fridays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decreases from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while the number of reported incidents on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late afternoon saw the most crime reports last month on average each day.

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