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Elgin crime recap: Vandalism drops, theft rises

The number of crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 272 for the week of February 25, down from 297 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were vandalism and assault. Vandalism fell to five incidents last week, from 10 the week before. Assault went from 18 to 16. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

There were four reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from five incidents the previous week. There was also one shooting incident.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 19 to 21, and arson rose from zero to one.

There were 224 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 18 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, 18 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 19 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding day and time factors, Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while incidents on Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, midday and evening saw the most crime last week.

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