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Austin crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Austin crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on December 10, 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 1,096 for the week of Dec. 1, up from 1,008 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were fraud or financial crimes and drug-related offenses. Fraud or financial crimes rose to 50 incidents last week, from 31 the week before. Drug-related offenses went from 36 to 53.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in weapons offenses, from eight to 13 incidents.

There were 165 reported assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from 151 incidents the previous week. There were also 161 incidents of auto burglary, up from 153 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of disorderly conduct went from 14 to seven. Incidents of theft fell from 166 to 160, and robbery went down from 24 to 21.

There were 91 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 21 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, North Austin and West University had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and North Austin were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

West University experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Georgian Acres also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Montopolis are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Wednesday and Monday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Wednesday and Friday, while incidents on Tuesday, Monday and Sunday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late night 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.