Gastonia week in crime: Theft rises, vandalism drops

Gastonia week in crime: Theft rises, vandalism drops
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By Hoodline - Published on February 28, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Gastonia 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 122 for the week of Feb. 18, up from 100 the week before.

Theft and burglary led the increase in crime incidents. Theft rose to 56 incidents last week, from 36 the week before. Burglary went from three to eight.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in robbery, which rose from zero incidents per week to two, and in assault, which crept from 21 to 24 incidents.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from six to five.

There were 26 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of six 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, 16 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 21 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, while incidents on Thursday and Friday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, early afternoon and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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