Tacoma crime recap: Theft continues to trend up

Tacoma crime recap: Theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on January 17, 2019.

Crime incidents in Tacoma 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 294 for the week of Jan. 7, up from 264 the week before.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 101 incidents last week, from 80 the week before. Assault went from 21 to 30.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in vandalism, from 11 incidents per week to 19, and in burglary, from 24 to 28 incidents.

There were two reported arson incidents 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 robbery went from 13 to six, and shootings fell from two to one.

There were 62 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 10 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 45 arrests were made last week, up from 41 arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, South End, New Tacoma and Eastside-Enact continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

New Tacoma saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in South End also rose for a second week.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Mondays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays went down. Late afternoon, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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