Indianapolis crime declining: Which offenses are falling most?

Indianapolis crime declining: Which offenses are falling most?Photo: iStock
Published on September 27, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Indianapolis saw an overall decrease last week, for the fourth week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 7,468 for the week of Sept. 16, down from 8,340 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 1,500 incidents last week, from 1,766 the week before. Assault went from 922 to 799. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 392 incidents per week to 309, and in shootings, from 177 to 160 incidents.

There were six reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 10 incidents the previous week. There were also 312 incidents of burglary, down from 314 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 81 to 92.

There were 4,290 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 388 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, 280 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 349 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Near Eastside, Far Eastside and Near Southeast continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Near Southeast saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Near Eastside also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Downtown are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday continued to see the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Saturday and Friday. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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