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Crime rising in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on September 27, 2019.

The number of reported crimes in New Orleans saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents rose to 4,117 for the week of Sept. 16, up from 3,960 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and assault. The number of burglary reports rose to 242 incidents last week, up from 195 the week before, and the number of reported assaults rose from 329 to 355. Reports of burglary have continued to grow for the last three weeks, while the number of assault incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in the number of robbery reports, up from 19 incidents per week to 24, and in vandalism reports, up from 87 to 89 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, the number of reports of theft dropped from 442 to 430, and the number of reported shootings fell from 64 to 58.

There were 2,918 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 95 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, 94 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 103 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the French Quarter, the Central Business District and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Marigny experienced the highest growth in crime. The number of crime reports in Leonidas also rose, after declining the week before, and the number of reported incidents in the Seventh Ward are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Friday and Wednesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increases from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Monday and Wednesday, while the number of reported incidents on Saturday and Friday went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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

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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