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Newport Beach crime drops for fifth month; theft continues to trend down

The number of crime reports in Newport Beach saw an overall decline last month, for the fifth month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 11 percent, from 1,538 in January to 1,365 in February.

The offenses most on the decline last month were theft and burglary. Theft fell from 187 reported incidents in January to 163 in February. Burglary incidents went from 379 to 368 for the month, or a 2.9 percent decrease.

There were 36 assault reports last month, and four shooting incidents. Assault incidents remained at about the same level as in the previous month, while shooting reports decreased by one incident.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Corona Del Mar.

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

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