The number of crime reports in New Orleans declined last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.
Incidents fell by about 14%, from 19,573 in May to 16,772 in June. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain about even with the same month last year. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.
The offenses most on the decline last month were burglary and theft. Burglary fell from 1,312 reported incidents in May to 847 in June, but has risen by 233 incidents since June of last year. Theft incidents went from 2,201 to 1,928 for the month, or about a 12% decrease. However, theft reports have increased since a year ago, so there is still some ground to recover.
Among other categories, there was also a decrease last month in assault, from 1,622 incidents per month to 1,397, and in vandalism, from 538 to 415. Both assault and vandalism have increased since the same month last year.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Little Woods, the French Quarter and Mid-City saw the largest decline from May to June. Bywater, Central City and Seventh Ward also had 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 the Central Business District, and declined the most in Navarre.
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays had the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Fridays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, midday and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.
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