Raleigh crime is on the rise: Which offenses are leading the trend?

Raleigh crime is on the rise: Which offenses are leading the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 18, 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 232 for the week of April 8, up from 223 the week before.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 79 incidents last week, from 64 the week before. Assault went from 39 to 49. Reports of assault have continued to grow for the last four weeks, while theft incidents have been increasing for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in burglary, from six incidents per week to 15, and in vandalism, from 14 to 22 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from 15 to two.

There were 65 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 18 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, 46 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 60 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Central, East Raleigh and Glenwood South had the most reported incidents last week. Central and East Raleigh were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Central saw the largest increase; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in East Raleigh also rose for a second week, and incidents in South Central are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Fridays and Thursdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Fridays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, evening, early morning and late morning saw the most crime last week.

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