The number of crime incidents in Mesquite saw an overall increase last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 757 for the week of March 11, up from 690 the week before.
The offenses that increased the most were burglary and vandalism. Burglary rose to 245 incidents last week, from 158 the week before. Vandalism went from 15 to 18.
While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in robbery, from three incidents per week to five, and in shootings, from 14 to 15 incidents.
Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 93 to 85, and assault fell from 37 to 33.
There were 356 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 14 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, 15 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 28 reported arrests the week before.
As far as where crime is concentrated in 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; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Mesquite Park also rose for a second week.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Saturdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Thursdays, Saturdays and Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late night saw the most crime last week.
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