Tampa crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on September 19, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tampa 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 508 for the week of Sept. 9, down from 627 the previous week.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 18 incidents last week, from 30 the week before. Theft went from 54 to 45.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 12 to 21. Incidents of burglary rose from six to nine, and robbery went up from one to two.

There were 413 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 111 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, 27 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 42 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Tampa Heights had the most reported incidents last week. East Tampa and Sulphur Springs were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Ybor City saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Sulphur Springs also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in East Tampa are also down.

Regarding day and time factors, Sunday, Friday and Saturday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Monday, Saturday and Thursday, while incidents on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

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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