New Orleans crime going up: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on September 19, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in New Orleans 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 3,956 for the week of Sept. 9, up from 3,838 the week before.

The largest increase was in the number of shootings, which rose to 64 incidents last week, from 47 the week before. 

There was also an increase in assaults, from 314 incidents per week to 327.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. 

Among the offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 451 to 441 and robbery incidents went down from 21 to 19.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the Central Business District, the French Quarter and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Audubon went up the most. Crime reports in Audubon also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Tulane-Gravier are up considerably as well.

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