Bellingham weekly crime report: Assault continues to trend up

Bellingham weekly crime report: Assault continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on March 21, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Bellingham 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 104 for the week of March 11, up from 88 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault rose to 25 incidents last week, from 22 the week before. Vandalism went from two to five. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in burglary, from two incidents per week to four, and in robbery, from zero to one incidents.

There was one reported shooting last week. That represents an increase from zero incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 12 to nine.

There were 59 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 10 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, 32 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 22 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown Business District, Roosevelt and Guide Meridian had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown Business District and Guide Meridian were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Roosevelt experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Lettered Streets also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in South Hill are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesdays, Sundays and Thursdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, while incidents on Fridays, Thursdays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late night and evening 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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