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

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By Hoodline - Published on October 05, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tucson 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 3,371 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 3,434 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 960 incidents last week, from 985 the week before. Theft went from 496 to 481. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks, while theft incidents have been decreasing for the last two weeks.

There was also a considerable percentage decrease in robbery, from 41 incidents per week to 27.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 90 to 99. Shootings rose from one to three, and vandalism went up from 67 to 68.

There were 1,731 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 21 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, 285 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 233 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Amphi, West University and Sunnyside had the most reported incidents last week. Amphi and West University were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

North University experienced the largest drop in crime; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Miracle Manor also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Myers are down considerably as well.

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

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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