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

Crime trending up in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on July 04, 2019.

The number of reported crime incidents in New Orleans increased slightly last week for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 3,924 for the week of June 24, up from 3,868 the week before.

The specific reported offenses that increased the most were assault and shootings. The number of reported assaults rose to 335 incidents last week, up from 300 the week before. The number of reported shootings rose from 77 to 92. The number of shootings have continued to rise for the last two weeks.

Among the few types of reported offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary dropped from 245 to 174. The number of reported incidents of theft fell from 466 to 423, and the number of reports of vandalism fell from 120 to 107.

There were 2,777 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 141 from last week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 88 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 79 reports the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the Central Business District, the French Quarter and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Old Aurora saw the largest increase. Crime reports in the Lower Garden District also rose, after falling the week before, and incidents in Viavant-Venetian Isles are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes were committed, Monday, Friday and Thursday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Monday, Friday and Tuesday, while the number of reported incidents on Sunday, Saturday and Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, midday, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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

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