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Crime declining in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime declining in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on October 17, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in New Orleans saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,866 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 4,006 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and burglary. Assault fell to 303 incidents last week, from 314 the week before. Burglary went from 193 to 183. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 92 to 105, shootings rose from 52 to 60 and theft went up from 436 to 438.

There were 2,755 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 142 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, 84 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 92 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the French Quarter, Central Business District and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Mid-City saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Central City also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in St. Roch are down considerably as well.

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

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

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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.