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 December 17, 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 1,043 for the week of Dec. 8, down from 1,096 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were burglary and alcohol-related offenses. Burglary fell to 55 incidents last week, from 74 the week before. Alcohol-related offenses went from 74 to 57. Reports of alcohol-related offenses have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was also a notable percentage decrease in weapons offenses, from 13 incidents per week to six, and in trespassing, from 28 to 18 incidents.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There was also one incident of rape or sexual assault, down from five the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 165 to 183. Incidents of vandalism rose from 62 to 75, and disorderly conduct went up from seven to 17.

There were 73 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 18 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. Reports of crime decreased last week in North Austin, Parker Lane and Triangle State.

Crime in Montopolis decreased the most. Crime reports in West University 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 Wednesday continued to have the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Friday and Wednesday, while incidents on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late night and midday saw the most crime last week.

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