Raleigh week in crime: Assault continues to trend down

Raleigh week in crime: Assault continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on February 21, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Raleigh 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 166 for the week of Feb. 11, down from 204 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by assault and robbery. Assault fell to 33 incidents last week, from 40 the week before. Robbery went from eight to two. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There were 10 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 13 incidents the previous week. There were also 50 incidents of theft, down from 52 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from zero to one.

There were 58 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 15 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, 37 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 47 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Central, East Raleigh, and Hillsborough had the most reported incidents last week. Central and East Raleigh were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

East Raleigh saw the largest decline; incidents in the neighborhood have been falling for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in North Central also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in South Central are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Saturdays, Fridays and Tuesdays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays, while incidents on Tuesdays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late afternoon, and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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