Gastonia weekly crime report: Theft rises, burglary drops

Crime incidents in Gastonia 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 116 for the week of January 21, up from 108 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 48 incidents last week, from 40 the week before. Assault went from 18 to 22.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also four incidents of vandalism.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from nine to five, and robbery fell from four to two.

There were 34 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of two 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, 18 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 23 reported arrests the week before.

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

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