Gastonia weekly crime report: Theft drops, vandalism rises

Gastonia weekly crime report: Theft drops, vandalism rises
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By Hoodline - Published on February 12, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Gastonia 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 137 for the week of Feb. 4, down from 162 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 58 incidents last week, from 67 the week before. Burglary went from 11 to seven.

There were 20 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also two incidents of robbery.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 12 to 15, and arson rose from zero to one.

There were 34 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 16 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, down from 36 reported arrests the week before.

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

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