Las Vegas crime incidents down in September; assault drops, theft rises

Las Vegas crime incidents down in September; assault drops, theft rises
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By Hoodline - Published on October 05, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Las Vegas saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 2.3%, from 2,814 in August to 2,748 in September. Despite last month's decrease, crime reports remain at about the same level as a year ago. Crime trends often contain recurring patterns, based on seasons and other local events, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

Assault and shooting incidents declined the most from the previous month. Assault fell from 608 reported incidents in August to 531 in September, but has risen by 97 incidents since September of last year. Shooting incidents went from six to three for the month, or about a 50% decrease.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, theft reports went from 396 to 413. Robbery incidents rose from 68 to 82, and burglary incidents went up from 294 to 304. Theft incidents have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year, while robbery reports has gone up.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Michael Way, Huntridge and Meadows Village. Downtown East, North Cheyenne and Sunrise Manor also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, and they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Centennial Hills.

Mondays, Sundays and Thursdays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Mondays, Sundays and Wednesdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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