Elgin crime recap: Assault and theft rise

Elgin crime recap: Assault and theft rise
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By Hoodline - Published on February 14, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 291 for the week of February 4, up from 257 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and theft. Assault rose to 20 incidents last week, from 10 the week before. Theft went from 19 to 25.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in burglary, from four incidents per week to six, and in robbery, from zero to one incidents.

There were eight reported acts of vandalism last week. That represents a slight increase from seven incidents reported the previous week.

There were 231 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 14 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, 26 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 18 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Mondays and Thursdays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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