Newport Beach weekly crime report: Burglary rises, theft drops

The number of crime incidents in Newport Beach saw a small overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 334 for the week of March 4, up from 316 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and assault. Burglary rose to 84 incidents last week, from 77 the week before. Assault went from nine to 10. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There were four reported vandalism incidents 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 theft went from 44 to 40, and robbery fell from seven to four.

There were 192 reports of "other" crimes, an increase 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, 13 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 11 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Corona Del Mar continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Regarding day and time factors, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays continued to produce the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays and Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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