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Wichita crime grows; theft rises, assault drops

Wichita crime grows; theft rises, assault drops
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By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Wichita saw an overall bump last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 8.5%, from 942 in August to 1,022 in September.

The offenses most on the rise last month were theft and arson. Theft rose from 210 reported incidents in August to 220 in September. Arson incidents went from three to eight for the month.

There was also an increase last month in shootings, from eight incidents per month to 11, and in reports of burglary, from 59 to 62. Shooting reports have decreased since the same month last year, while burglary incidents have declined.

There were 30 robbery reports last month. Robbery incidents rose from 28 offenses the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, assault reports went from 219 to 213.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Historic Midtown, Eastridge and South Central saw the largest increase from August to September. Fairmount, Orchard Breeze and Park Meadows also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays continued to have the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, late night, after midnight and evening continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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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