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

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By Hoodline - Published on October 24, 2019.

The number of reported crimes in New Orleans saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents rose to 3,994 for the week of Oct. 14, up from 3,868 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and shootings. The number of burglary reports rose to 223 last week, up from 183 the week before. The number of reported shootings rose from 60 to 77, following a trend that has continued for the last three weeks.

There were 306 reported assault incidents last week, up from 305 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, the number of theft reports fell from 438 to 430. The number of reported robbery incidents fell from 22 to 16, and vandalism reports fell from 105 to 101.

There were 2,841 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 86 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, 70 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 84 reported arrests the week before.

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

Village De L'Est saw the largest increase. The number of crime reports in Central City also rose, after declining the week before, and the number of reported incidents in St. Thomas is up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Thursday and Monday had the most crime reports last week. The largest increases from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Thursday and Monday, while the number of reported incidents on Friday, Wednesday and Sunday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late morning continue to see the most reports of crime.

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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