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Crime declining in Indianapolis: What's the latest in the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Indianapolis saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 7,755 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 8,222 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and shooting. Theft fell to 1,618 incidents last week, from 1,694 the week before. Shootings went from 234 to 193. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in vandalism, from 351 incidents per week to 313, and in robbery, from 87 to 76 incidents.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from three incidents the previous week. There were also 974 incidents of assault.

There were 4,271 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 279 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, 341 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 330 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Near Eastside, Far Eastside and Near Southeast continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Far Eastside saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Eagledale also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Downtown are down considerably as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Indianapolis? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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