Crime incidents in Raleigh 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 226 for the week of Dec. 17, up from 222 the week before.
The offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 79 incidents last week, from 65 the week before. Assault went from 43 to 45. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last three weeks, while theft incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.
While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from two incidents per week to four.
There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.
Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 17 to seven, and vandalism fell from 21 to 19.
There were 25 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of seven 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 46 arrests were made last week, up from 42 arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Raleigh, Central, and Hillsborough had the most reported incidents last week. East Raleigh and Central were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Six Forks saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Hillsborough also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Mordecai are up considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Fridays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays went down. Late afternoon, early afternoon and midday saw the most crime last week.
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