Palo Alto crime reports drop in February; burglary drops, assault rises

The number of crime incidents in Palo Alto saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 21 percent, from 503 in January to 393 in February.

The offenses most on the decline last month were burglary and theft. Burglary fell from 171 reported incidents in January to 90 in February. Theft incidents went from 103 to 94 for the month, or an 8.7 percent decrease.

There were three robbery reports last month. Robbery incidents dropped from four offenses the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, assault reports went from 17 to 30. Vandalism incidents rose from 20 to 21.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, University South, Downtown North and Evergreen Park saw the largest decline from January to February.

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

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