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Gastonia crime rises in December; assault rises, burglary drops

Gastonia crime rises in December; assault rises, burglary drops
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By Hoodline - Published on January 07, 2019.

Crime reports in Gastonia saw an overall increase last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 8.5 percent, from 611 in November to 663 in December.

Assault and theft incidents increased the most from the previous month. Assault rose from 95 reported incidents in November to 144 in December. Theft incidents went from 265 to 285 for the month, or a 7.5 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in robbery, from seven incidents per month to 13, and in vandalism, from 29 to 38. 

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, burglary reports went from 37 to 28. Arson incidents fell from two to one, and shooting incidents went down from four to three.

Mondays, Sundays and Wednesdays experienced the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Sundays and Mondays, while incidents on Thursdays and Fridays went down. Late morning, midday and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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