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Crime going up in Tampa: What's the latest in the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on October 24, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tampa increased slightly last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 522 for the week of Oct. 14, up from 515 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 45 incidents last week, from 39 the week before. Assault went from 22 to 27.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in vandalism, from eight incidents per week to 11, and in burglary, from seven to nine incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from three to two.

There were 428 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of seven 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, 44 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, the same number as the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Historic Ybor had the most reported incidents last week. East Tampa and Sulphur Springs were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Historic Ybor went up the most. Crime reports in University Square also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in West Riverfront have gone up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Saturday and Friday continued to have the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, while incidents on Monday, Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Tampa? 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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