Raleigh crime levels went down last month: Which offenses led the trend?

Raleigh crime levels went down last month: Which offenses led the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on July 04, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Raleigh declined last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 10%, from 1,000 in May to 900 in June. Last month's decrease is consistent with a longer-term downward trend; crime in the city is about 12% below June of last year. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

Assault and theft incidents declined the most from the previous month. Assault fell from 181 reported incidents in May to 149 in June, and has fallen by 17 incidents since June of last year. Theft incidents went from 131 to 106 for the month, or about a 19% decrease. Theft reports are also slightly down from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease last month in rape or sexual assault, from nine incidents per month to four, and in robbery, from 18 to 14. Both rape or sexual assault and robbery have decreased since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, vandalism reports went from 76 to 83. Auto theft incidents rose from 19 to 24, and burglary incidents went up from 20 to 25. Vandalism and auto theft incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Raleigh, Six Forks and Central saw the largest decline from May to June. North Central, Wade and Glenwood also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

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

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