Baltimore crime climbs for third month; assault continues to trend up

The number of crime incidents in Baltimore saw an overall increase last month, for the third month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 22 percent, from 26,446 in February to 32,395 in March.

Assault and theft reports increased the most from the previous month. Assault rose from 3,304 reported incidents in February to 4,310 in March. Theft incidents went from 3,028 to 3,608 for the month, or about a 19 percent increase.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase last month in shootings, from 399 incidents per month to 582, and in vandalism, from 745 to 971. Shooting reports have decreased since the same month last year, while vandalism incidents have declined.

There were six arson reports last month and 1,429 burglary incidents. Arson incidents rose from zero offenses the previous month, while burglary reports increased by 165 incidents.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Downtown, Belair-Edison and Mosher. Franklin Square, Radnor-Winston and Penrose-Fayette Street Outreach also saw considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Saturdays, Fridays and Sundays produced the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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