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

The number of crime incidents in Las Vegas saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 687 for the week of Oct. 14, up from 621 the week before.

Theft and robbery led the increase in crime reports. Theft rose to 130 incidents last week, from 84 the week before. Robbery went from eight to 22.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in assault, from 115 incidents per week to 127, and in shootings, from zero to one incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 64 to 63.

There were 344 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of six 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, one involved an arrest, down from three reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, West Las Vegas and Michael Way continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Huntridge went up the most. Crime reports in North Cheyenne also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Summerlin North are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Tuesday and Saturday, while incidents on Thursday, Sunday and Monday went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, late afternoon and evening 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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