Bellevue crime reports drop in January; theft drops, robbery rises

Bellevue crime reports drop in January; theft drops, robbery rises
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By Hoodline - Published on February 06, 2019.

Crime incidents in Bellevue saw an overall decline last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 15 percent, from 1,162 in December to 978 in January. 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 assault. Theft fell from 295 reported incidents in December to 231 in January. Assault incidents went from 150 to 138 for the month, or about an 8 percent decrease.

There were 34 burglary reports last month, and 20 vandalism incidents. Burglary incidents dropped from 39 offenses the previous month, while vandalism reports decreased by three incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, robbery reports went from four to nine.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Wilburton and Overlake saw the largest decline from December to January.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Tuesdays experienced the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Tuesdays went up. late night, after midnight and evening continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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