Bellevue crime recap: Theft continues to trend up

Bellevue crime recap: Theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on January 24, 2019.

Crime incidents in Bellevue 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 287 for the week of January 14, up from 197 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 65 incidents last week, from 38 the week before. Assault went from 29 to 41.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from six incidents per week to 16, and in robbery, from one to four incidents.

There were seven reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents an increase from five incidents the previous week.

There were also 154 reports of "other" crimes, a dramatic increase of 36 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 33 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 20 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown, Overlake, and Lake Hills had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown experienced the highest growth in crime; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Overlake also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Bridle Trails are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Saturdays went down. Late night, after midnight and evening saw the most crime last week.

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