The number of crime incidents in Bellingham 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 102 for the week of February 25, down from 116 the week before.
The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 20 incidents last week, from 25 the week before. Theft went from 25 to 22.
There was one reported burglary last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There was also one incident of robbery.
There were 51 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of five 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, 29 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, the same number as the week before.
Considering the concentration of crime across the city, downtown, Meridian and Sehome had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown and Meridian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Lettered Streets saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Puget also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in South Hill are down considerably as well.
Regarding day and time factors, Tuesday, Sunday and Thursday produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Sunday and Monday, while incidents on Saturday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning and late night saw the most crime last week.
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