Mountain View crime rises in January; theft continues to trend up

Crime reports in Mountain View saw an overall increase last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 14 percent, from 375 in December to 431 in January.

The month-to-month increase in incidents was led by theft and "other" crimes. Theft rose from 122 reported incidents in December to 150 in January. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in vandalism, from 14 incidents per month to 16. Vandalism reports have decreased since the same month last year.

There were 18 assault reports last month. Assault incidents remained at about the same level as in the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, robbery reports went from six to four.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Downtown Mountain View, Slater and Moffett Boulevard. Wagon Wheel, Saint Francis Acres and South Los Altos  also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays experienced the most reported crimes and greatest increase from the last month. Incidents on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays went down. Early morning, early afternoon and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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