Elgin weekly crime report: Theft and assault rise

Elgin weekly crime report: Theft and assault rise
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By Hoodline - Published on January 10, 2019.

Crime incidents in Elgin 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 350 for the week of Dec. 31, up from 247 the week before.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 46 incidents last week, from 31 the week before. Assault went from six to 19.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from one incident per week to four, and in vandalism, from two to four incidents.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

There were 255 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 65 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 21 arrests were made last week, up from 17 arrests the week before.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesdays, Fridays and Mondays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Mondays and Fridays, while incidents on Thursdays went down. Evening, late afternoon and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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