Catonsville weekly crime report: Vandalism continues to trend up

Catonsville weekly crime report: Vandalism continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on March 07, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Catonsville 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 141 for the week of Feb. 25, up from 111 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were vandalism and assault. Vandalism rose to 13 incidents last week, from 10 the week before. Assault went from four to six. Reports of vandalism have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There were 14 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from five to three.

There were 105 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 29 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, five involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from nine reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Fridays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Sundays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and midday saw the most crime last week.

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