Tacoma week in crime: incidents drop by almost half

Tacoma week in crime: incidents drop by almost half
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By Hoodline - Published on February 14, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Tacoma 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 205 for the week of Feb. 4, down from 324 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime reports was led by theft and burglary. Theft fell to 71 incidents last week, from 101 the week before. Burglary went from 28 to eight. Reports of burglary have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There were 29 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 33 incidents the previous week. There was also one shooting incident.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of arson went from one to two.

There were 86 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 49 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, 34 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 65 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, South End, New Tacoma, and Central had the most reported incidents last week. South End and New Tacoma were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

South End saw the largest decline. Crime reports in New Tacoma also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Eastside-ENACT are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening, and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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