Elgin crime on the decline in January; theft drops but vandalism rises

Elgin crime on the decline in January; theft drops but vandalism rises
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By Hoodline - Published on February 06, 2019.

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

Incidents fell by 3.5 percent, from 1,460 in December to 1,409 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.

The offenses most on the decline last month were theft. Theft fell from 166 reported incidents in December to 132 in January.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, vandalism reports went from 23 to 27. Robbery incidents rose from two to five, and assault incidents went up from 80 to 82.

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

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