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Published on March 22, 2019
Tacoma weekly crime report: Theft continues to trend downPhoto: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Tacoma saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 257 for the week of March 11, down from 266 the week before.

Theft and burglary led the decrease in crime incidents. Theft fell to 53 incidents last week, from 73 the week before. Burglary went from 28 to 19. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

There was one reported arson last week. That represents a decrease from two incidents the previous week. There were also 29 incidents of assault, down from 30 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from six to eight, and shootings rose from one to two.

There were 129 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 19 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, 48 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 49 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, South End, New Tacoma and Central continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in West End decreased the most. Crime reports in South End also fell for a third week, and incidents in Eastside are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays continued to see the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late night and late morning saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

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