Wichita/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on September 26, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Wichita saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 226 for the week of Sept. 16, up from 193 the week before.

Theft and burglary led the increase in crime reports. Theft rose to 50 incidents last week, from 35 the week before. Burglary went from nine to 19.

There was also a sizable percentage increase in robbery, from four incidents per week to eight and in shootings, from two to four incidents.

There were three reported arson incidents last week. That represents an increase from two incidents the previous week. There were also 43 incidents of assault, up from 37 the week before.

There were 99 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of five 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, 21 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 28 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, South Central, Historic Midtown and Eastridge had the most reported incidents last week. South Central and Historic Midtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

South Central experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Ken-Mar also rose, after declining the week before and incidents in Hilltop-Jefferson are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Saturday, Monday and Friday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Monday, Saturday and Sunday, while incidents on Tuesday, Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, after midnight and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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

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