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 253 for the week of January 21, down from 347 the week before.
Assault and vandalism led the decrease in crime incidents. Assault fell to 19 incidents last week, from 22 the week before. Vandalism went from six to five. Reports of vandalism have continued to fall for the last two weeks.
There were 23 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from four to six. Shootings rose from zero to two, and robbery went up from zero to one.
There were 197 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 95 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, 17 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 28 reported arrests the week before.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Fridays, Wednesdays and Thursdays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Sundays and Thursdays, while incidents on Fridays went up. Late afternoon, evening and after midnight saw the most crime last week.
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