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Wichita crime dropping: Which offenses are falling the most?

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By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Wichita 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 224 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 253 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were burglary and assault. Burglary fell to 14 incidents last week, from 20 the week before. Assault went from 51 to 47.

There was also a notable percentage decrease in robbery, from nine incidents per week to six and in shootings, from four to two incidents.

There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a decrease from three incidents the previous week. There were also 54 incidents of theft, down from 56 the week before.

There were 99 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 11 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, 23 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 26 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, South Central, South City Community and Historic Midtown had the most reported incidents last week. South Central and Historic Midtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

South City Community saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Sunflower also rose, after declining the week before and incidents in Planeview United are up considerably as well.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Wichita? 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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