Manchester crime grows in January; robbery rises, assault drops

Crime reports in Manchester saw an overall increase last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by 1.1 percent, from 1,488 in December to 1,504 in January.

The offenses most on the rise last month were robbery and arson. Robbery rose from 14 reported incidents in December to 19 in January. Arson incidents went from zero to one for the month, or about a 100-percent increase.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in burglary, from 32 incidents per month to 33. Burglary reports have decreased since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, assault reports went from 307 to 269. Theft incidents fell from 351 to 319, and vandalism incidents went down from 61 to 49.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Northwest Manchester, Southside and Goffs Falls. Southeast Manchester, Piscataquog and Rimmon Heights also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesdays saw the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays went down. Early afternoon, late afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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