Tucson/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on October 17, 2019
Tucson crime incidents down in September; assault drops, theft risesPhoto: iStock

The number of crime reports in Tucson last month remained largely unchanged from the month before, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 0.3%, from 14,955 in August to 14,909 in September. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 37 percent below the same month a year ago. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making it useful to look at the year-over-year comparison as well.

Assault and burglary incidents declined the most from the previous month. Assault fell from 4,566 reported incidents in August to 4,348 in September, but has risen by 200 incidents since September of last year. Burglary incidents went from 461 to 444 for the month, or a 3.7% decrease. Burglary reports are down even more from a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease last month in arson, from 22 incidents per month to eight, and in shootings, from 12 to seven. Arson reports have increased considerably since the same month last year, while shooting incidents have declined.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, theft reports went from 2,071 to 2,144. Theft incidents have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Amphi, Midvale Park and Campus Farm saw the largest decline from August to September. Barrio Santa Rosa, Western Hills II and San Gabriel also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Limberlost and declined the most in Corbett.

Mondays, Sundays and Wednesdays had the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late night saw the most crime last month, on average, each day.

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