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Tampa crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on October 17, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tampa saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 508 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 566 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft fell to 38 incidents last week, from 62 the week before. Vandalism went from 17 to seven.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in assault, from 29 incidents per week to 21, and in burglary, from 12 to seven incidents.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also three incidents of robbery, down from four the week before.

There were 431 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 10 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, 41 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 32 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Tampa Heights continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Northeast Macfarlane saw the largest decline. Crime reports in North Tampa also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Old Seminole Heights are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Friday and Saturday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Monday, Wednesday and Tuesday, while incidents on Friday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early morning and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

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

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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