Las Vegas crime rising: Which offenses are rising most?

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The number of crime incidents in Las Vegas saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 632 for the week of Sept. 16, up from 619 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 105 incidents last week, from 87 the week before. Assault went from 120 to 129. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in robbery, from 19 to 22 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 75 to 56, and shootings fell from two to one.

There were 318 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of two from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, one involved an arrest, down from two reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Michael Way and Rancho Charleston had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Rancho Charleston were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Downtown went up the most. Crime reports in Centennial Hills also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Twin Lakes are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Thursday and Wednesday, while incidents on Tuesday, Saturday and Monday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.

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