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

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By Hoodline - Published on September 12, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tucson decreased slightly last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,487 for the week of Sept. 2, down from 3,555 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and robbery. Theft fell to 484 incidents last week, from 534 the week before. Robbery went from 46 to 38.

There were three reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 1,070 incidents of assault.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 77 to 81. Incidents of burglary rose from 105 to 107, and shootings went up from two to three.

There were 1,701 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 17 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, 303 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 281 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, West University, Amphi and Sunnyside had the most reported incidents last week. West University and Amphi were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Miracle Manor experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Rita Ranch also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in the Garden District are down considerably as well.

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

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

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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