Alexandria weekly crime report: Vandalism continues to trend up

Alexandria weekly crime report: Vandalism continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on March 22, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Alexandria saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 144 for the week of March 11, up from 129 the week before.

The specific offense that increased the most was vandalism, which rose to nine incidents last week, from eight the week before. Reports of vandalism have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There were two reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 35 incidents of theft.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 19 to 15, and burglary fell from three to two.

There were 81 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 19 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, 19 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 11 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Potomac West, Alexandria West and Braddock Road Metro had the most reported incidents last week. Potomac West and Alexandria West were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Braddock Road Metro experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Potomac West also rose for a second week, and incidents in Old Town are up considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sundays, Fridays and Mondays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Sundays and Mondays went down. Comparing times of day, late night, evening and early morning saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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