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Las Vegas crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of reported crimes in Las Vegas saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents fell to 621 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 671 the week before.

Theft and robbery led the decrease in reported crimes. The number of theft incidents fell to 84 last week, down from 110 the week before, and the number of robbery reports dropped from 24 to eight. The number of reported robberies has continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in the number of burglary reports, down from 74 incidents per week to 64, and in the number of assault reports, down from 119 to 115.

There were 350 reports of "other" crimes, an increase 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, three involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from zero reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Michael Way and West Las Vegas had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Michael Way were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Huntridge experienced the largest drop in crime. The number of crime reports in Summerlin North also fell, after increasing the week before, and the number of reported incidents in Cultural Corridor is down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Friday, Thursday and Monday saw the most reported incidents last week. The largest decreases from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Saturday and Monday, while the number of reported incidents on Thursday, Wednesday and Sunday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last week.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Las Vegas? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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