Crime incidents in Tacoma saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 261 for the week of Jan. 14, down from 339 the week before.
The offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 77 incidents last week, from 118 the week before. Burglary went from 34 to 21.
There were 28 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 34 incidents the previous week. There was also one shooting incident, down from two the week before.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from six to seven.
There were 115 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of three 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, 44 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 48 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.
New Tacoma experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in South End also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in West End are down considerably as well.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Saturdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Fridays, while incidents on Wednesdays went up. Late afternoon, early afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.
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