The number of crime incidents in Raleigh saw an overall decrease last week, for the fourth week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 198 for the week of Feb. 4, down from 204 the week before.
The specific offense that decreased the most was assault, which fell to 39 incidents last week, from 47 the week before.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from seven to 13. Incidents of vandalism rose from 13 to 18, and robbery went up from four to seven.
There were 70 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 14 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, 47 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 58 reported arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Central, East Raleigh and North Central had the most reported incidents last week. Central and East Raleigh were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
South Central saw the largest decline; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Hillsborough also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Falls of Neuse are down considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late night and early morning saw the most crime last week.
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