The number of crime incidents in Baltimore 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 8,025 for the week of March 25, up from 7,571 the week before.
The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and shootings. Theft rose to 963 incidents last week, from 838 the week before. Shootings went from 123 to 168. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last three weeks.
While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in robberies, from 131 incidents per week to 153, and in burglaries, from 352 to 375 incidents.
There were two reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also 1,129 incidents of assault, up from 1,098 the week before.
There were 4,992 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 196 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, 1,411 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 1,379 reported arrests the week before.
Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, Belair-Edison and Carrollton Ridge had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown was at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Crime in Edmondson Village went up the most. Crime reports in McElderry Park also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Mill Hill are up considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Saturdays, Fridays and Tuesdays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Wednesdays and Sundays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.
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