Crime incidents in Bellingham 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 117 for the week of December 31, up from 94 the week before.
The offenses that increased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 21 incidents last week, from 12 the week before. Vandalism went from four to nine.
While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a sizable percentage increase in assault, from 24 incidents per week to 25.
There were three reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There was also one incident of robbery.
There were 34 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of six 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 24 arrests were made last week, up from 21 arrests the week before.
As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown Business District, Merdian, and Roosevelt had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown Business District and Merdian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Crime in Roosevelt went up the most. Crime reports in Puget also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in South Hill are up considerably as well.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Saturdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Mondays went down. Late afternoon, late morning and midday continue to see the most crime incidents.
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