Tacoma week in crime: Theft continues to trend slightly down

Tacoma week in crime: Theft continues to trend slightly down
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By Hoodline - Published on January 31, 2019.

Crime incidents in Tacoma saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 264 for the week of January 21, down from 272 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft fell to 69 incidents last week, from 81 the week before. Vandalism went from 12 to nine.

There were 28 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also seven incidents of robbery.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of arson went from zero to two. Incidents of burglary rose from 23 to 25, and shootings went up from one to two.

There were 122 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, 47 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 46 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, South End, New Tacoma, and Eastside-ENACT continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in South End decreased the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Eastside-ENACT also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in New Tacoma are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays, while incidents on Mondays, Thursdays and Tuesdays went up. Evening, late afternoon and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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