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

The number of crime incidents in Tucson saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,125 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 3,356 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by assault and theft. Assault fell to 913 incidents last week, from 988 the week before. Theft went from 481 to 434. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was also a sizable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 86 incidents per week to 51, and in burglary, from 115 to 99 incidents.

There were three reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from six incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 32 to 43, and shootings rose from one to three.

There were 1,579 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 68 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, 218 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 274 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Amphi, Midvale Park and West University continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Oak Flower experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in San Gabriel also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Limberlost are down considerably as well.

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

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

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