Tacoma crime on the decline; theft continues to trend down

Tacoma crime on the decline; theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on January 09, 2019.

Crime reports in Tacoma saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 9.1 percent, from 1,348 in November to 1,226 in December. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Most types of crimes decreased this month, led by theft and burglary. Theft fell from 451 reported incidents in November to 414 in December. Burglary incidents went from 117 to 101 for the month, or about a 13 percent decrease.

There were two arson reports last month, and 121 assault incidents. Arson incidents dropped from four offenses the previous month, while assault reports decreased by five incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, vandalism reports went from 57 to 68.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, Eastside-ENACT, New Tacoma and West End saw the largest decline from November to December.

Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays experienced the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Sundays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Wednesdays went up. Evening, late afternoon and after midnight saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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