Wichita crime incidents down; theft drops, shooting rises

Wichita crime incidents down; theft drops, shooting risesPhoto: iStock
Published on September 05, 2019

The number of crime reports in Wichita saw an overall decline last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 12%, from 1,067 in July to 933 in August. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline from summer to fall, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

The offenses most on the decline last month were theft and burglary. Theft fell from 271 reported incidents in July to 209 in August. Burglary incidents went from 89 to 58 for the month, or about a 34% decrease.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease last month in arson, from five incidents per month to three, and in assault, from 229 to 218. Arson reports have decreased since the same month last year, while assault incidents have declined.

There were 28 robbery reports last month. Robbery incidents dropped from 31 offenses the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from five to eight.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in South Central Improvemen, Fairmount and Riverside. Country Overlook, New Salem and Park Meadows also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Mondays, while incidents on Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late night saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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