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

Crime rising in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 01, 2019.

The number of reported crime incidents in New Orleans saw an overall increase last week for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents rose to 4,067 for the week of July 22, up from 3,852 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and theft. The number of burglary reports rose to 319 incidents last week, up from 199 the week before, and reports of theft went up from 444 to 485.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in shootings, with a rise from 69 incidents per week to 83, and in arson incidents, up from zero to one incident.

There were 103 reported vandalism incidents last week, up from 101 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault dropped from 329 to 273, and reports of robbery fell from 29 to 20.

There were 2,783 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 102 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those reported incidents, 71 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 87 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the Central Business District, the French Quarter and Little Woods 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.

Tall Timbers-Brechtel saw the largest increase in criminal ; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Gentilly Terrace also rose for a second week, and incidents in Uptown are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Wednesday and Saturday, while incidents on Tuesday and Friday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon 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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