Crime going down in Indianapolis: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going down in Indianapolis: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on September 13, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Indianapolis saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 7,881 for the week of Sept. 2, down from 8,403 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and robbery. Theft fell to 1,607 incidents last week, from 1,774 the week before. Robbery went from 123 to 83. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in shootings, from 205 incidents per week to 185, and in burglary, from 358 to 335 incidents.

There were 10 reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 323 incidents of vandalism, down from 328 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 833 to 960.

There were 4,378 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 394 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, 354 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 409 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Near Eastside, Far Eastside and Downtown continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Downtown decreased the most. Crime reports in Near Southeast also fell for a second week, and incidents in University Heights are down considerably as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Indianapolis? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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