Cleveland/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on October 18, 2019
Crime declining in Cleveland: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Cleveland 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 1,080 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 1,122 the week before.

Vandalism and robbery led the decrease in crime reports. Vandalism fell to 122 incidents last week, from 154 the week before. Robbery went from 48 to 38.

There was also a decrease in burglary, from 88 incidents per week to 84, and in theft, from 317 to 313 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 283 to 293, and shootings rose from six to 13.

There were 217 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of nine 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, 39 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 46 reported arrests the week before.

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

South Broadway experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in West Boulevard also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Forest Hills are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Saturday and Monday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, while incidents on Thursday and Sunday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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