Crime incidents in Baltimore saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 3,118 for the week of Dec. 17, down from 3,614 the week before.
The offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 364 incidents last week, from 526 the week before. Theft went from 516 to 399.
There were 166 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 198 incidents the previous week. There were also 44 incidents of robbery, down from 106 the week before.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 98 to 118, and shootings rose from 68 to 71.
There were 1,563 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 146 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. SpotCrime data also indicates that 393 arrests were made last week, the same number as the week before.
As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, Brooklyn, and Belair-Edison had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown was at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Sandtown-Winchester saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Downtown also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Carrollton Ridge are down considerably as well.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesdays, Mondays and Sundays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Mondays and Wednesdays went up. Late morning, early morning and after midnight saw the most crime last week.
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