New Orleans crime rises; burglary rises, assault drops

New Orleans crime rises; burglary rises, assault drops
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By Hoodline - Published on August 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents reported in New Orleans last month remained largely unchanged from the month before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

The number of reported incidents rose by 0.7%, up from 16,785 in June to 16,907 in July. Despite last month's increase, the number of crime reports was at about the same level as a year ago. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The offenses most on the rise last month were burglary and shooting. Reports of burglary rose from 847 incidents in June to 941 in July, and they are up by 277 incidents since July of last year. Reports of shooting incidents rose from 291 to 304 for the month, or a 4.5% increase, which is up from a year ago.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in the number of reports of robbery, up from 95 incidents per month to 98. The number of robbery reports has increased considerably since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, assault reports dropped from 1,400 to 1,274. The number of reported thefts fell from 1,928 to 1,862, and the number of reported vandalism incidents dropped from 415 to 406. All three types of offenses have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the Central Business District, Little Woods and Tulane-Gravier saw the largest increases from June to July. Florida, Read Boulevard West and Village De L'Est also saw considerable percentage increases in reported crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has increased the most in West Riverside, and declined the most in Bywater.

Wednesdays, Mondays and Tuesdays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increases from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Mondays, while the number of reported incidents on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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