The number of hot spot police incidents in the U.S. increased slightly in January from January 2018, according to data from the U:The most recent data, released Thursday by the FBI’s National Hot Spot Intelligence Center, shows a 2.5 percent increase in hot spot incidents.
The increase in incidents could be tied to a more aggressive approach to policing hot spots and an increased presence of local authorities in the areas where hot spots are being reported, a police source told ESPN.
New York City police, for example, increased their presence in neighborhoods where hot spot officers had previously been absent to increase visibility in the area, the source said.
In San Francisco, where police are responsible for most hot spots in the city, officers are now assigned to patrol neighborhoods where they’ve previously not been deployed, according the source.
The U.K., France, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands all saw increases in hot spots reported by police, according data from Europol, the European Union’s agency responsible for combating crime.
The numbers are also an indication of the scale of hot spots that have emerged in recent years.
In New York City, hot spots were the biggest source of incidents during January, with an average of 1,074 incidents reported each day.
In February, the U of T’s Hot Spot Unit reported that there were 1,034 incidents, and in March, the Hot Spot Team reported 1,031.
On top of that, there were more than 2,400 incidents reported in the last week of March, according Europol.
Hot spots have been reported more often than in other months, the FBI data shows, with a median of 467 incidents reported per day in February.
The U.k. recorded the most incidents in March with 447, followed by Canada with 422, and Australia with 372.
The FBI said the hot spot numbers come amid an uptick in incidents, especially in hot neighborhoods.
According to Europol data, there have been 1,000 fewer hot spot stops in the past week compared to the same period in 2017, the agency said.
The Hot Spot Units that were most likely to issue citations in the most recent hot spot days included the New York Police Department’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBNY), the Department of Homeland Security’s Counterterrorism Section, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department for Transport and Main Roads.
On Wednesday, the New Orleans Police Department issued a tweet indicating that its Hot Spot Section has made more than 4,000 hot spot stop requests since mid-January, but that it’s still looking into how the increase in the number of requests relates to the rise in incidents.
“It’s hard to tell,” said the tweet.
“But we have a great hot spot team working on our hot spot teams, including the CBNY and CBNY Hot Spot Task Force.
We are working to find out how the hot spots incidents have changed and what we can do to reduce the number.
Our hot spot response team is working closely with local police to identify the hot hotspots.”