Crime declining in Kansas City: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime declining in Kansas City: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on September 27, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Kansas City saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 885 for the week of Sept.16, down from 941 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 183 incidents last week, from 221 the week before. Vandalism went from 94 to 74. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in burglary, from 73 incidents per week to 63 and in robbery, from 34 to 29 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 301 to 316 and arson rose from two to nine.

There were 211 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of four 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, 103 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 131 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, Old Westport and Sterling Acres had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in South Plaza decreased the most. Crime reports in Sarritt Point also fell, after increasing the week before and incidents in Blue Hills are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Thursday and Sunday, while incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

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