Raleigh crime levels trend up last month: Which offenses are growing most?

Raleigh crime levels trend up last month: Which offenses are growing most?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 08, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Raleigh saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 5.4%, from 930 in June to 980 in July. However, looking at the broader trend, Raleigh crime has decreased from July of last year. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The offenses most on the rise last month were theft and weapons offenses. Theft rose from 109 reported incidents in June to 134 in July and has grown by 25 incidents since July of last year. Weapons offenses went from 43 to 52 for the month or about a 20% increase. Weapons offenses are also slightly up from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase last month in prostitution, from zero incidents per month to one, and in burglary, from 21 to 25. Prostitution reports have increased slightly since the same month last year, while burglary incidents have declined.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, auto theft reports went from 23 to 17. Alcohol-related offenses fell from 17 to 12, and harassment incidents decreased from 10 to seven. Auto theft incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year, while alcohol-related offenses have gone down.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest increases last month occurred in East Raleigh, South Central and Wade. Six Forks, North Central and Glenwood also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

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

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