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Published on September 12, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Cleveland increased slightly last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,121 for the week of September 2, up from 1,106 the week before.

The specific offense that increased the most was assault, which rose to 349 incidents last week, from 319 the week before.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also nine shooting incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 72 to 61. Incidents of robbery fell from 48 to 41, and vandalism decreased from 142 to 136.

There were 226 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 14 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, 43 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 33 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Old Brooklyn and Central had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Central were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Brooklyn Centre went up the most. Crime reports in Corlett also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Puritas-Longmead are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesday, Sunday and Wednesday had the most reported incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Sunday and Thursday, while incidents on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.

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

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