Catonsville crime recap: Theft rises, burglary drops

Catonsville crime recap: Theft rises, burglary drops
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By Hoodline - Published on February 14, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Catonsville saw an overall increase last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 162 for the week of Feb. 4, up from 143 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 25 incidents last week, from 15 the week before. Assault went from five to 10.

There were two reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from eight to two, and vandalism fell from 13 to 12.

There were 111 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 11 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, seven involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from nine reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Fridays, Thursdays and Mondays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Saturdays and Fridays, while incidents on Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, midday, and early morning saw the most crime last week.

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