Crime rising in Cleveland: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime rising in Cleveland: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on September 26, 2019

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

The offenses that increased the most were assault and robbery. Assault rose to 305 incidents last week, from 281 the week before. Robbery climbed from 34 to 49.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in shootings, from two incidents per week to five.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism decreased from 134 to 113. Incidents of burglary fell from 78 to 76,  and theft dipped from 320 to 319.

There were 215 reports of  "other" crimes, a decrease of 15 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, 41 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 33 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, West Boulevard and Old Brooklyn had the most reported incidents last week. Old Brooklyn was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Downtown increased the most. Crime reports in West Boulevard also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Woodland Hills are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Friday and Saturday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Friday and Sunday, while incidents on Tuesday, Monday and Wednesday decreased. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, midday and evening saw the most crime last week.

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