New Orleans crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

New Orleans crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 08, 2019.

The number of reported crime incidents in New Orleans decreased slightly last week after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents fell to 4,021 for the week of July 29, down from 4,080 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were burglary and theft. Reports of burglary fell to 253 incidents last week, down from 319 the week before. The number of reported thefts dropped from 486 to 448.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in the number of reported shootings, down from 84 incidents per week to 74, and in the number of reports of vandalism, from 103 to 100 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, the number of reports of assault rose from 275 to 303, and the number of robbery reports rose from 20 to 27.

There were 2,816 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 24 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 91 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 71 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the French Quarter, the Central Business District and Central City had the most reported incidents last week. The French Quarter and the Central Business District were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Gentilly Terrace experienced the largest drop in crime. The number of crime reports in West Riverside also fell, after increasing the week before, and the number of reported incidents in Tall Timbers-Brechtel are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Friday, Wednesday and Saturday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decreases in crime reports from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Monday and Sunday, while the number of reported incidents on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning 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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