Mountain View week in crime: Burglary rises, vandalism drops

The number of crime incidents in Mountain View saw a small overall increase last week, for the fourth week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 108 for the week of March 4, up from 102 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were burglary and theft. Burglary rose to 17 incidents last week, from 11 the week before. Theft went from 35 to 36. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There was one reported robbery 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 vandalism went from nine to four, and assault fell from three to two.

There were 48 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of five 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, up from seven reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Moffett/Whisman Road, Downtown Mountain View and Cuesta Park had the most reported incidents last week. Moffett/Whisman Road and Downtown Mountain View were at the top of the list the previous week as well.Shoreline West saw the largest decline.

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

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