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

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By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tampa 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 408 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 469 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 23 incidents last week, from 36 the week before. Theft went from 44 to 34. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from five to eight and incidents of vandalism went up from eight to nine.

There were 333 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 42 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 for offenses like drug possession. That figure is down from the 42 arrests reported the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Downtown continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in East Ybor decreased the most. Crime reports in Historic Ybor also fell after increasing the week before. Incidents in Lowry Park Central are also down.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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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.

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