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

Crime going down in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

The number of reported crimes in New Orleans decreased slightly last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents fell to 4,037 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 4,121 the week before.

The overall decrease in reported crimes was led by burglary and shooting. The number of burglary reports fell to 149 incidents last week, down from 244 the week before, and shootings fell from 58 to 45. The number of reported shootings have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was also a decrease in the number of vandalism reports, dropping from 89 incidents per week to 79, and in the number of robbery reports, falling from 24 to 22 incidents.

There were 352 reported assault incidents last week, which is a decrease from 355 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, the number of theft reports rose from 432 to 491.

There were 2,899 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 19 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, 86 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 94 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the French Quarter, Central Business District and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Viavant-Venetian Isles experienced the largest drop in crime. The number of crime reports in Irish Channel also fell, after increasing the week before, and the number of reported incidents in West Lake Forest are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Wednesday and Tuesday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decreases from the previous week occurred on Friday, Thursday and Monday, while the number of reported incidents on Tuesday, Sunday and Wednesday went up. Comparing times of day, midday, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime reports last week.

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

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