Crime incidents in Gastonia 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 146 for the week of December 24, down from 166 the week before.
The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 58 incidents last week, from 68 the week before. Assault went from 37 to 36.
There were eight reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents a decrease from nine incidents the previous week.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from seven to 10. Incidents of robbery rose from two to three, and shootings went up from one to two.
There were four reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 11 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, down from 28 arrests the week before.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Mondays, Sundays and Wednesdays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, while incidents on Mondays and Thursdays went up. Midday, evening and late morning saw the most crime last week.
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