Catonsville crime drops slightly for third straight month, led by decrease in theft

Crime reports in Catonsville saw an overall decline last month, for the third month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 1.5 percent, from 606 in December to 597 in January. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Theft and assault led the most recent decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell from 69 reported incidents in December to 56 in January. Assault incidents went from 30 to 26 for the month, or about a 13 percent decrease.

There were 15 burglary reports last month, and eight robbery incidents. Burglary incidents dropped from 16 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by one incident.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays produced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays went up. Late afternoon, late morning and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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