Bellingham crime recap: Vandalism and assault drop

Bellingham crime recap: Vandalism and assault drop
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By Hoodline - Published on January 17, 2019.

Crime incidents in Bellingham saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 102 for the week of January 7, down from 117 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were vandalism and assault. Vandalism fell to two incidents last week, from nine the week before. Assault went from 25 to 19.

There was one reported burglary last week. That represents a decrease from three incidents the previous week. There was also one incident of robbery.

There were 37 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of three 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 25 arrests were made last week, up from 24 arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the downtown business district, Mt. Baker and Meridian had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Meridian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays while incidents on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays went up. Early afternoon, late morning and late night saw the most crime last week.

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