Atlanta crime incidents down; burglary drops, theft rises

Atlanta crime incidents down; burglary drops, theft rises
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By Hoodline - Published on August 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 8.8%, from 2,050 in June to 1,869 in July. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 5.6 percent below the same month a year ago. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

The month-to-month decrease in reports was led by burglary and robbery. Burglary fell from 622 reported incidents in June to 365 in July, but has risen by 143 incidents since July of last year. Robbery incidents went from 175 to 113 for the month, or about a 35% decrease. However, robbery 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 217 incidents per month to 170, and in shootings, from four to one. Assault reports have increased considerably since the same month last year, while shooting incidents have declined.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, theft reports went from 1,016 to 1,208. Theft incidents have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Virginia Highland, Inman Park and Pittsburgh. Grant Park, Harland Terrace and Piedmont Heights 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 Midtown and declined the most in Mechanicsville.

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

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