Robert Morris / Uptown Messenger

Despite a number of significant recent arrests, New Orleans police recorded a much higher-than-average rate of property crimes such as thefts, break-ins and auto burglaries in the Uptown-based Sixth District in April, although the trend is finally showing signs of slowing, officials said Friday.

During the last three full weeks, April 6 to 26, the Sixth District (which runs roughly from Napoleon Avenue downriver to the Central Business District) responded to roughly 45 property crimes per week, according to data shared at the NOPD citywide meeting of commanders and ranking officers. That's up 50 percent or more from the 25 to 30 property crimes that are the norm in the district, and prompted Deputy Chief Kirk Bouyelas to note that those three weeks are the highest totals of any in the past year for the district.

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