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Bellingham crime reports drop; theft drops, shooting rises

Bellingham crime reports drop; theft drops, shooting rises
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By Hoodline - Published on March 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Bellingham saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 30 percent, from 506 in January to 350 in February.

The offenses most on the decline last month were theft and assault. Theft fell from 80 reported incidents in January to 56 in February. Assault incidents went from 100 to 77 for the month, or about a 23 percent decrease.

There was one reported arson last month, and two burglary incidents. Arson incidents remained at about the same level as in the previous month, while burglary reports decreased by 10 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from zero to one.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Downtown Business District, Merdian and Mt. Baker.

Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Thursdays, Saturdays and Tuesdays. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and midday continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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