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

Crime dropping in Memphis: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock
Published on October 17, 2019

The number of crime incidents in Memphis decreased slightly 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 951 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 969 the week before.

Robbery and theft led the decrease in crime reports. Robbery fell to 19 incidents last week, from 41 the week before. Theft went from 367 to 353. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There were 283 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 284 incidents the previous week. There were also 124 incidents of vandalism.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 84 to 93, and shootings rose from six to eight.

There were 71 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 13 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, 50 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 42 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire, Midtown and Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Berclair-Highland Heights decreased the most. Crime reports in Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Midtown are down considerably as well.

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

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