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Crime dropping in Saint Petersburg: What's the latest in the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on September 26, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Saint Petersburg last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Burglary and shootings led the decrease in crime reports. Burglary fell to 37 incidents last week, from 45 the week before. Shootings went from 12 to four.

There was also a decrease in theft, from 236 incidents per week to 232.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 85 incidents of assault.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 22 to 26, and robbery rose from seven to 10.

There were 434 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of six 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, 153 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 159 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Disston Heights and Methodist Town had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Disston Heights were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Central Oak Park saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Melrose Mercy - Pine Acres also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Bartlett Park are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesday, Thursday and Tuesday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Monday, Friday and Sunday, while incidents on Wednesday, Tuesday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.

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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