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Published on October 31, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Columbus 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 471 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 505 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 68 incidents last week, from 88 the week before. Vandalism went from 44 to 32.

There was also a decrease in shootings, from 10 incidents per week to three, and in theft, from 218 to 208 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 11 to 19, and burglary rose from 49 to 52.

There were 89 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of four 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, six involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from seven reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, North Linden, South Linden and Downtown had the most reported incidents last week. North Linden and Downtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

The Ohio State University saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Maize-Morse also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Downtown are down considerably as well.

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