Crime levels increased last month in Detroit: What's the latest in the trend?

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The number of crime incidents in Detroit saw an overall increase last month, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 7.8%, from 6,861 in June to 7,393 in July. This month’s increase in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 2% above the same month a year ago. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

The offenses most on the rise last month were assault and vandalism. Assault rose from 2,295 reported incidents in June to 2,486 in July, and has grown by 361 incidents since July of last year. Vandalism incidents went from 683 to 794 for the month, or about a 16% increase. However, vandalism reports have decreased since a year ago.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in alcohol-related offenses, from one incidents per month to eight, and in robbery, from 194 to 254. Both alcohol-related offenses and robbery have increased since the same month last year.

There were 560 auto theft reports last month. Auto theft has remained at about the same level as in July of last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, arson reports went from 72 to 58. Theft incidents fell from 630 to 622, and kidnapping incidents went down from 22 to 18. Arson incidents have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year, while theft reports have gone up.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Franklin Park, Brightmoor and Lafayette Park saw the largest increase from June to July. Corktown, Islandview and University District also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Elmwood Park, and declined the most in Barton-McFarland.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Saturdays and Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, midday and late night continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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