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

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By Hoodline - Published on September 26, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tampa 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 462 for the week of Sept. 16, down from 510 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were vandalism and burglary. Vandalism fell to eight incidents last week, from 21 the week before. Burglary went from nine to five.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in theft, from 45 incidents per week to 43.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 18 to 36.

There were 370 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 45 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, 37 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 29 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Downtown had the most reported incidents last week. East Tampa and Sulphur Springs were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Tampa Heights decreased the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for four weeks in a row. Crime reports in Sulphur Springs also fell for a second week, and incidents in Ybor City are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Thursday and Saturday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday, while incidents on Thursday and Monday went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late night 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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