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

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By Hoodline - Published on September 12, 2019.

The number of reported crimes in Tampa increased slightly last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. The number of incidents rose to 619 for the week of Sept. 2, up from 607 reported incidents the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. The number of theft reports rose to 54 last week, up from 47 the week before, and the number of reported assaults went up from 28 to 30.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, the number of burglary reports fell from 14 to five, and the number of vandalism reports dropped from 17 to 12. The number of reported robbery incidents fell from five to one.

There were 517 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 22 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, 36 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 44 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Ybor City had the most reported incidents last week. East Tampa and Sulphur Springs were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Ybor City experienced the highest growth in crime, as the number of reported incidents in the neighborhood has been rising for two weeks in a row. The number of crime reports in East Ybor also rose, after declining the week before, and the number of reported incidents in Terrace Park are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Saturday and Sunday saw the most reports of crime last week. The largest increases from the previous week occurred on Monday, Saturday and Tuesday, while the number of reported incidents on Friday, Wednesday and Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late night continue to see the most crime.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Tampa? 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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