Crime incidents in Bellingham 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 93 for the week of Dec. 17, down from 106 the week before.
The overall decrease in crime reports was led by vandalism and assault. Vandalism fell to four incidents last week, from 10 the week before. Assault went from 22 to 18. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks.
There were three reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from five incidents the previous week. There was also one incident of robbery.
There were 28 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of two 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 25 arrests were made last week, up from 22 arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown Business District, Merdian and Roosevelt had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown Business District and Merdian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Lettered Streets saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Mt. Baker also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Guide Meridian are down considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Mondays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, while incidents on Tuesdays went up. Early afternoon, after midnight and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.
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