The number of crime incidents in Raleigh increased slightly last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 175 for the week of Feb. 18, up from 172 the week before.
The overall increase in crime reports was led by vandalism and assault. Vandalism rose to 20 incidents last week, from 13 the week before. Assault went from 33 to 37.
Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 52 to 48. Incidents of burglary fell from 10 to nine, and robbery went down from three to two.
There were 59 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of one 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, 38 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 39 reported arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, East Raleigh, Central and Hillsborough continued to have the most reported incidents last week.
East Raleigh experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Hillsborough also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in North Central are up considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Mondays, Fridays and Thursdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Sundays and Thursdays, while incidents on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late afternoon and late night saw the most crime last week.
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