Crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 344 for the week of Dec. 10, up from 325 the week before.
Theft and assault led the increase in crime incidents. Theft rose to 37 incidents last week, from 30 the week before. Assaults rose slightly, from 16 to 17.
Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 10 to three. Incidents of vandalism fell from eight to three, and shootings went down from two to one.
There were 258 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 27 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, down from 29 arrests the week before.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays went down. Early afternoon, late afternoon and late night saw the most crime last week.
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