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Indianapolis crime dropping: Which offenses are dropping most?

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By Hoodline - Published on October 24, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Indianapolis saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 7,446 for the week of Oct. 14, down from 7,840 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 860 incidents last week, from 986 the week before. Theft went from 1,668 to 1,560. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from 193 to 251. Incidents of vandalism rose from 319 to 375, and robbery went up from 76 to 98.

There were 3,952 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 328 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, 274 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 342 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Near Eastside, Far Eastside and Near Southeast continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Eastside saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Near Westside also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Eagle Creek are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesday, Wednesday and Monday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Monday and Sunday, while incidents on Wednesday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, early afternoon and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Indianapolis? 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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