New Orleans/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on October 10, 2019
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The number of reported crimes in New Orleans last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. The number of theft reports fell to 435 incidents last week, down from 492 the week before, and the number of assault reports fell from 352 to 314. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in the number of robbery reports, down from 23 incidents per week to 21.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, the number of burglary reports rose from 150 to 193. The number of reported vandalism incidents rose from 79 to 90, and the number of reported shootings went up from 45 to 52.

There were 2,893 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease 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, 91 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 86 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the Central Business District, the French Quarter and Central City continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

The French Quarter experienced the largest drop in crime. The number of crime reports in Tremé/Lafitte also fell for a second week, and the number of reported incidents in the Seventh Ward are down considerably as well.

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

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

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