Washington crime on the rise: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Washington crime on the rise: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on December 10, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Washington 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 655 for the week of Dec. 1, up from 562 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and auto burglary. Theft rose to 295 incidents last week, from 244 the week before. Auto burglary went from 188 to 227.

There was also a sizable percentage increase in robbery, from 35 incidents per week to 40, and in auto theft, from 38 to 43 incidents.

There were 28 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 27 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 25 to 20, and homicide fell from five to two.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Anacostia, Capitol Hill and Downtown had the most reported incidents last week. Anacostia and Capitol Hill were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Dupont Circle also rose for a second week, and incidents in Anacostia are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Friday and Monday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Tuesday and Friday, while incidents on Wednesday and Monday went down. Comparing times of day, midday, late afternoon and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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