Raleigh weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend up

Raleigh weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on January 17, 2019.

Crime incidents in Raleigh saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 224 for the week of Jan. 7, up from 221 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and burglary. Theft rose to 81 incidents last week, from 69 the week before. Burglary went from nine to 15. Reports of burglary have continued to grow for the last three weeks, while theft incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.

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

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 27 to 20. Incidents of assault fell from 40 to 39, and robbery went down from two to one.

There were 25 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of five 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 42 arrests were made last week, down from 44 arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Central, East Raleigh and Falls of Neuse had the most reported incidents last week. Central and East Raleigh were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Central saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Six Forks also rose for a second week, and incidents in East Raleigh are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Fridays and Tuesdays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Sundays and Fridays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Thursdays went down. Late afternoon, evening and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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