PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Reports of violent crime to police across the Phoenix-area are dropping, when compared to the same time frame last month, according to data from the Lexis Nexis Community Crime Map.

CBS 5 Investigates examined reports of homicides, attempted homicides, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, robberies, and other violent crimes. We compared the statistics from February 11-17 and March 11-17. The March time frame includes the beginning of the time when local, state, and federal government leaders began urging people to stay home.

The number of police reports for those crimes in downtown Phoenix during the seven days in February totaled 64. The number dropped to 32 for the past seven days.

It was a similar story in Gilbert, where the section of the city we examined recorded 74 violent crime reports during the seven days in February and dropped to 27 reports in march.

In the area of Tempe that includes Arizona State University, there were 65 violent crime reports in the February time frame, and 35 in the March time frame.

In the Arcadia district to the Old Town Scottsdale area, the numbers dropped from 81 to 58. In the part of Goodyear we examined, the number dropped from 84 to 42.

For their part, Phoenix police aren't ready to call it a conclusive trend. "The calls have been consistent over the past few weeks, and we have not seen any significant changes. We will continue to monitor and evaluate our call volume as this fluid situation progresses," wrote Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, of the Phoenix Police Department.

Morgan Loew's hard-hitting investigations can be seen weekdays on CBS 5 News at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
 
 

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