The number of crime incidents in Raleigh saw an 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 198 for the week of March 18, up from 193 the week before.
The offenses that increased the most were vandalism and theft. Vandalism rose to 26 incidents last week, from 14 the week before. Theft went from 45 to 51.
While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a slight increase in arson, from zero incidents to one, and in assault, from 31 to 33 incidents.
There was one reported robbery 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 burglary went from 13 to nine.
There were 77 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 12 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, 54 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 63 reported arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Central, East Raleigh and South Central had the most reported incidents last week. East Raleigh and South Central were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Crime in Central went up the most. Crime reports in Glenwood also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in East Raleigh are up considerably as well.
Regarding when crime most often occurs, Mondays, Fridays and Sundays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Sundays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Fridays went down. Comparing times of day, late night, after midnight and evening saw the most crime last week.
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