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Crime declining in Indianapolis: What's the latest in the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on September 19, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Indianapolis saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 7,975 for the week of Sept. 9, down from 8,382 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and burglary. Assault fell to 863 incidents last week, from 1,022 the week before. Burglary went from 361 to 303.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in shootings, from 194 incidents per week to 165, and in robbery, from 85 to 77 incidents.

There were 10 reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 1,679 incidents of theft, down from 1,714 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 350 to 360.

There were 4,518 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 128 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, 332 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 388 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Near Eastside, Near Southeast and Far Eastside had the most reported incidents last week. Near Eastside and Far Eastside were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Far Eastside saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Downtown also fell for a second week, and incidents in Devington are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Monday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, while incidents on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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