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Crime going down in Kansas City: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going down in Kansas City: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on October 30, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Kansas City 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 838 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 890 the week before.

Assault and theft led the decrease in crime incidents. Assault fell to 181 incidents last week, from 216 the week before. Theft went from 324 to 292. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 50 to 56. Incidents of robbery rose from 24 to 28, and vandalism went up from 72 to 75.

There were 202 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of five 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, 118 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 111 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Blue Hills and Lykins had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Paseo West experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Washington Wheatley also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Quality Hill are down considerably as well.

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

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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.