Bellevue crime rises in December; theft continues to trend up

Bellevue crime rises in December; theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on January 09, 2019.

Crime reports in Bellevue saw an overall increase last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 5.5 percent, from 1,101 in November to 1,162 in December.

Most types of crimes increased this month, led by theft and assault. Theft rose from 272 reported incidents in November to 295 in December. Assault incidents went from 143 to 150 for the month, or a 4.9 percent increase.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage increase last month in burglary, from 37 incidents per month to 39. Burglary reports have decreased since the same month last year.

There was one reported shooting last month. Shooting incidents remained at about the same level as in the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, vandalism reports went from 40 to 23. Robbery incidents fell from eight to four.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Overlake and Lake Hills saw the largest increase from November to December. Tam O'Shanter, Newport Shores and West Lake Sammamish also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Sundays, Saturdays and Mondays, while incidents on Thursdays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays went down. Late night, evening and after midnight continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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