Crime incidents in Bellingham saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 94 for the week of December 24, up from 93 the week before.
Theft and shooting both fell, despite the overall rise in crime reports. Theft fell to 12 incidents last week, from 14 the week before. Shootings went from two to one. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.
There were three reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There was also one incident of robbery.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 18 to 24.
There were 28 reports of "other" crimes, even with 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 21 arrests were made last week, down from 25 arrests the week before.
As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown Business District, Meridian, and Mt. Baker had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown Business District and Meridian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Crime in Mt. Baker went up the most. Crime reports in Downtown Business District also rose for a second week, and incidents in Columbia are up considerably as well.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Mondays and Thursdays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Mondays and Fridays, while incidents on Tuesdays and Saturdays went down. Late afternoon, midday and late morning saw the most crime last week.
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