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Austin crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Austin crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on November 20, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,296 for the week of Nov. 10, down from 1,386 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by assault and auto burglary. Assault fell to 183 incidents last week, from 223 the week before. Reports of auto burglary went from 222 to 203.

There was also a notable percentage decrease in fraud or financial crimes, from 61 incidents per week to 42.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 43 incidents of auto theft, down from 45 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of domestic offenses went from 165 to 178. Incidents of animal cruelty rose from two to seven, and burglary went up from 59 to 62.

There were 98 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 10 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, North Austin and Windsor Park had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and North Austin were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in St. Johns also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in North Lamar are down considerably as well.

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

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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.