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Atlanta crime increasing: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 557 for the week of Oct. 7, up from 530 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were theft and robbery. Theft rose to 436 incidents last week, from 405 the week before. Robbery went from 14 to 24.

There was also an increase in burglary, from 46 incidents per week to 49.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 59 to 42.

There were six reports of "other" crimes, an increase of two 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, Midtown, Downtown and Lindbergh continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Midtown saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Inman Park also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Candler Park are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Friday and Thursday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Monday and Sunday, while incidents on Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late morning and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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