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Crime rising in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime rising in Austin: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on November 27, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Austin saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,379 for the week of Nov. 17, up from 1,296 the week before.

Assault and auto theft led the increase in crime incidents. Assault rose to 220 incidents last week, from 183 the week before. Auto theft went from 43 to 68.

There was also an increase in burglary, from 62 incidents per week to 81, and in disorderly conduct, from 24 to 35 incidents.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. 

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of auto burglary went from 203 to 171. Domestic offenses fell from 178 to 153, and trespassing went down from 40 to 29.

There were 112 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 14 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, North Austin and Riverside 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 highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Riverside also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Pleasant Valley are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday, while incidents on Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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.