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Published on October 24, 2019
Crime going down in Cleveland: 
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The number of crime incidents in Cleveland 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 999 for the week of Oct. 14, down from 1,081 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 265 incidents last week, from 293 the week before. Vandalism went from 122 to 103. Reports of vandalism have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in shootings, from 14 incidents per week to five, and in burglary, from 84 to 72 incidents.

There were 37 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 38 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 313 to 321, and arson rose from zero to two.

There were 194 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 23 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses such as fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 35 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 39 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Glenville, South Broadway and Old Brooklyn had the most reported incidents last week. Glenville and Old Brooklyn were at the top of the list the previous week, as well.

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

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

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