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Las Vegas crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Las Vegas crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on September 12, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Las Vegas saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 613 for the week of Sept. 2, down from 668 the week before.

Assault and theft led the decrease in crime reports. Assault fell to 126 incidents last week, from 161 the week before. Theft went from 90 to 76. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in robbery, from 17 incidents per week to nine.

There were 76 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

There were 326 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of three from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Michael Way and Rancho Charleston had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Michael Way were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Buffalo experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Michael Way also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Huntridge are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Friday, Wednesday and Thursday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while incidents on Friday went up. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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

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