Mesquite crime recap: Reports of theft, burglary rise

The number of crime incidents in Mesquite saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 690 for the week of March 4, up from 619 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and burglary. Theft rose to 93 incidents last week, from 75 the week before. Burglary went from 147 to 158. Reports of burglary have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase in robbery, from one incident per week to three, and in assault, from 32 to 37 incidents.

There were 15 reported vandalism incidents last week, an increase from 14 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, shootings went from 15 incidents to 14.

There were 370 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 35 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, 28 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 13 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Sherwood Forest, Mesquite Park and Casa View Heights continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Sherwood Forest experienced the highest growth in crime. Crime reports in Casa View Heights also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Truman Heights are up considerably as well.

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

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