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

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By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Las Vegas saw an overall increase last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 694 for the week of Sept. 23, up from 632 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and robbery. Burglary rose to 71 incidents last week, from 56 the week before. Robbery went from 22 to 28. Reports of robbery have continued to increase for the last three weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 129 to 120, and theft fell from 105 to 102.

There were 373 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 55 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, the same number as the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across 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.

Summerlin North experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in the Cultural Corridor also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in west Las Vegas are up considerably as well.

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

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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