Crime going up in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going up in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on July 25, 2019.

The number of reported crime incidents in New Orleans saw an overall increase last week after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported criminal incidents rose to 3,844 for the week of July 15, up from 3,351 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. The number of reported theft incidents rose to 444 incidents last week, up from 316 the week before. The number of reported assaults rose from 242 to 328.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in the number of reported burglary incidents, up from 147 incidents per week to 198, and in reports of vandalism, up from 70 to 101 incidents.

There were 68 reported shooting incidents last week, which is an increase from 54 incidents the previous week. There were also 29 reported incidents of robbery, up from 17 the week before.

There were 2,676 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 172 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, 87 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, which is an increase from 67 reported arrests the week before.

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

The French Quarter saw the largest increase in the number of reported criminal incidents. The number of crime reports in Central City also rose, after declining the week before, and the number of reported incidents in the Central Business District are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Friday, Tuesday and Monday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increases from the previous week occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the number of reported incidents on Monday and Tuesday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.

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

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