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Crime going down in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on October 31, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in New Orleans 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 3,855 for the week of Oct. 21, down from 4,024 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were burglary and vandalism. Burglary fell to 167 incidents last week, from 228 the week before. Vandalism went from 102 to 82. Reports of vandalism have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 309 to 324. Incidents of robbery rose from 18 to 27 and theft went up from 431 to 436.

There were 2,739 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 119 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, 67 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 70 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the French Quarter, Central Business District and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Central Business District experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Little Woods also fell, after increasing the week before and incidents in Behrman are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Thursday and Monday, while incidents on Sunday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, midday, late morning and evening saw the most crime last week.

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

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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