Crime incidents in Gastonia 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 165 for the week of Dec. 17, up from 141 the week before.
The overall increase in crime incidents was led by assault and theft. Assault rose to 37 incidents last week, from 23 the week before. Theft went from 65 to 68.
While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from five incidents per week to seven, and in vandalism, from seven to nine incidents.
There were two reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.
There were 15 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of four 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, up from 26 arrests the week before.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Sundays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Mondays, while incidents on Saturdays, Thursdays and Fridays went down. Late afternoon, evening and late morning continue to see the most crime incidents.
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