Crime dropping in New Orleans: What's the latest in the trend?

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The number of reported crimes in New Orleans saw an overall decrease last week, following a downward trend for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. The number of reported incidents fell to 3,940 for the week of August 5, down from 4,031 the week before.

Shooting and theft incidents led the decrease in crime reports. The number of reported shootings fell to 43 incidents last week, down from 74 the week before, and the number of reported thefts dropped from 451 to 424.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in the number of reports of burglary, down from 254 incidents per week to 231, and in reports of vandalism, down from 100 to 90 incidents.

There were 25 reported robbery incidents last week, down from 28 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault rose from 305 to 307, and the number of reports ofarson rose from zero to one.

There were 2,819 reports of "other" crimes, which is about the same as the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 86 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, which is down from 91 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the French Quarter, the Central Business District and Central City continued to have the most reported criminal incidents last week.

Mid-City saw the largest decline in crime. The number of criminal reports in Little Woods also fell, after increasing the week before, and the number of incidents in the Central Business District was down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday saw the most reports of crime last week. The largest decreases from the previous week occurred on Friday, Wednesday and Saturday, while the number of incidents on Monday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.

Want a longer-term view of crime in New Orleans? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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