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

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By Hoodline - Published on October 17, 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 3,326 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 3,389 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 958 incidents last week, from 1,034 the week before. Reports of vandalism went from 91 to 60.

There was also a notable percentage decrease in shootings, from eight incidents per week to two, and in robberies, from 38 to 28 incidents.

There were three reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 106 incidents of burglary, down from 108 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 456 to 493.

There were 1,676 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 25 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, 247 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 212 reported arrests the week before.

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

Sunnyside had the largest decline. Crime reports in Miracle Manor also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Garden District are down considerably as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Tucson? 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.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

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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