Elgin week in crime: Assault continues to trend down

Elgin week in crime: Assault continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on February 28, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Elgin 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 264 for the week of Feb.18, down from 300 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to eight incidents last week, from 26 the week before. Theft went from 20 to 17.

There were three reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from four incidents the previous week. There were also five incidents of vandalism, down from seven the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from zero to one, and shootings rose from zero to one.

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 21 reported arrests the week before.

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

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