Raleigh crime recap: Theft rises, vandalism drops

Raleigh crime recap: Theft rises, vandalism drops
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By Hoodline - Published on March 07, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Raleigh saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 189 for the week of Feb. 25, up from 181 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and robbery. Theft rose to 55 incidents last week, from 48 the week before. Robbery went from two to four.

There were nine reported burglary 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 vandalism went from 22 to 16, and assault fell from 37 to 34.

There were 71 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of eight 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, 47 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 41 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, East Raleigh, Central and Falls of Neuse had the most reported incidents last week. East Raleigh and Central were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Falls of Neuse saw the largest increase. Crime reports in South Central also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Wade are up considerably as well.

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

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