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Tucson crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on September 27, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tucson 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 3,344 for the week of Sept. 16, down from 3,552 the week before.

Theft and assault led the decrease in crime reports. Theft fell to 482 incidents last week, from 535 the week before. Assault went from 1,011 to 978. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 85 incidents per week to 62, and in burglary, from 110 to 85 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 32 to 40. 

There were 1,694 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 84 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, 221 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 282 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Amphi, Midvale Park and Sunnyside had the most reported incidents last week. Amphi and Midvale Park were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

West University saw the largest decline; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Limberlost also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Midvale Park are down considerably as well.

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

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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