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Atlanta crime declining: Which offenses are dropping most?

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta 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 536 for the week of Oct. 14, down from 560 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by theft and robbery. Theft fell to 396 incidents last week, from 438 the week before. Robbery went from 24 to 21.

There were 49 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 42 to 50, and vandalism rose from zero to three.

There were 17 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 10 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, one involved an arrest, down from two reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Midtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Midtown decreased the most. Crime reports in Lindbergh also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Lakewood Heights are down considerably as well.

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

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