Bellingham week in crime: Assault drops, theft rises in overall slight decrease

Bellingham week in crime: Assault drops, theft rises in overall slight decrease
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By Hoodline - Published on January 31, 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 114 for the week of January 21, down from 118 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and burglary. Assault fell to 23 incidents last week, from 26 the week before. Burglary went from four to two.

There were three reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a decrease from four incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 16 to 22, and vandalism rose from three to seven.

There were 57 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of eight 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, 20 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 25 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Meridian, and Guide Meridian continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

However, crime in Downtown also decreased the most compared to last week. Crime reports in Cornwall Park also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in York are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Fridays, Tuesdays and Thursdays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Fridays, Thursdays and Sundays went up. Early afternoon, midday and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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