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Crime dropping in Atlanta: What's the latest in the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Atlanta 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 493 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 538 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were robbery and assault. Robbery fell to six incidents last week, from 21 the week before. Assault went from 50 to 43. Reports of robbery have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in burglary, from 49 incidents per week to 45, and in theft, from 397 to 395 incidents.

There were four reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 12 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

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

Midtown experienced the largest drop in crime; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Downtown also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Old Fourth Ward are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Monday and Wednesday, while incidents on Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early afternoon and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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