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Published on October 04, 2019
Crime levels dropped last month in Raleigh: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock

The number of crime reports in Raleigh saw an overall decrease last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 3.5%, from 977 in August to 943 in September. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 11% below the same month a year ago. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

Drug-related offenses and auto burglary led the most recent decrease in crime reports. Drug-related offenses fell from 197 reported incidents in August to 167 in September, and have fallen by 19 incidents since September of last year. Auto burglary incidents went from 67 to 55 for the month, or about a 17% decrease. Auto burglary reports are also slightly down from a year ago.

There was also a decrease last month in harassment, from eight incidents per month to one, and in fraud or financial crimes, from 83 to 71. Harassment reports have decreased slightly since the same month last year, while fraud or financial crimes incidents have risen.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, burglary reports went from 15 to 32. Theft incidents rose from 119 to 136, and weapons offenses went up from 32 to 45. All three have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in South Central, Mordecai and North Central. Six Forks, Falls of Neuse and Five Points also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in , and declined the most in East Raleigh.

Sundays, Saturdays and Mondays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Mondays, Sundays and Wednesdays went up. Comparing times of day, early morning, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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