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Indianapolis crime rises; assault continues to trend up

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By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

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

Incidents rose by 6.2%, from 33,198 in August to 35,257 in September.

Assault and theft incidents increased the most from the previous month. Assault rose from 3,229 reported incidents in August to 4,009 in September. Theft incidents went from 6,575 to 7,301 for the month, or about an 11% increase.

There was also a sizable percentage increase last month in vandalism, from 1,199 incidents per month to 1,545, and in robbery, from 358 to 411. However, vandalism and robbery reports have decreased since the same month last year.

There were 41 arson reports last month and 1,446 burglary incidents. Arson incidents rose from 35 offenses the previous month, while burglary reports increased by 96 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, shooting reports went from 842 to 820.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Far Eastside, Near Eastside and Martindale-Brightwood had the largest increase from August to September. Devington, Ravenswood and Fairgrounds also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays had the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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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