Crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 372 for the week of December 17, up from 360 the week before.
The offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 48 incidents last week, from 39 the week before. Assault went from 18 to 26.
While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from four incidents per week to seven.
There was one reported robbery last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also five incidents of vandalism.
There were 258 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of six 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 27 arrests were made last week, down from 29 arrests the week before.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursdays, Mondays and Fridays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Saturdays and went down. Late afternoon, evening and late morning saw the most crime last week.
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