Elgin crime on the decline; theft continues to trend down

Elgin crime on the decline; theft continues to trend down
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By Hoodline - Published on March 06, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall decrease last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 18 percent, from 1,413 in January to 1,155 in February.

Theft and burglary reports declined the most from the previous month. Theft fell from 132 reported incidents in January to 80 in February. Burglary incidents went from 28 to 20 for the month, or about a 28 percent decrease.

In January, there was one reported shooting last month and three robbery incidents. Shooting incidents dropped from three offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by two incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, assault reports went from 82 to 90. Vandalism incidents rose from 27 to 35, and arson incidents went up from zero to one.

Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and midday saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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