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Published on February 28, 2019
Catonsville week in crime: Assault drops, vandalism risesPhoto: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Catonsville 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 111 for the week of Feb. 18, down from 122 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to four incidents last week, from 12 the week before. Theft went from 18 to 14. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was one reported robbery last week. That represents a decrease from two incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from seven to 10. Incidents of burglary rose from three to five, and shootings went up from zero to one.

There were 76 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, nine involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from two reported arrests the week before.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Thursdays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Sundays went up. Comparing times of day, late morning, midday and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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