Crime incidents in Bellingham 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 106 for the week of January 28, down from 114 the week before.
The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by assault and theft. Assault fell to 15 incidents last week, from 23 the week before. Theft went from 22 to 15. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.
There were two reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There was also one incident of robbery, down from three the week before.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of arson went from zero to one.
There were 67 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 10 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, 25 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 20 reported arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown Business District, Guide Meridian, and Roosevelt had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown Business District and Guide Meridian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Puget saw the largest increase. Crime reports in Roosevelt also rose for a second week, and incidents in Sehome are up considerably as well.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Mondays and Fridays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while incidents on Mondays, Wednesdays and went up. midday, late morning and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.
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