Elgin week in crime: Assault and theft drop

Elgin week in crime: Assault and theft drop
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By Hoodline - Published on February 21, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 267 for the week of Feb. 11, down from 318 the week before.

Assault and theft led the decrease in crime incidents. Assault fell to 16 incidents last week, from 28 the week before. Theft went from 28 to 18.

There was one reported burglary last week. That represents a decrease from eight incidents the previous week. There were also three incidents of vandalism, down from 10 the week before.

There were 229 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease 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, 15 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 31 reported arrests the week before.

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

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