Minneapolis crime recap: Theft and burglary drop

Crime incidents in Minneapolis 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 223 for the week of Jan. 28, down from 294 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 144 incidents last week, from 195 the week before. Burglary went from 52 to 39.

There were 31 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also eight incidents of robbery, down from 15 the week before.

There was one report in the general "other" category, an increase of one from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Downtown West, Marcy Holmes, and Whittier had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown West was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in Downtown West decreased the most. Crime reports in Lowry Hill East also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Lyndale are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Thursdays, Mondays and Fridays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays, while incidents on Tuesdays and Thursdays went up. Evening, late afternoon and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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