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Published on September 19, 2019
Crime declining in Riverside: What's the latest in the trend?Photo: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Riverside saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 200 for the week of Sept. 9, down from 220 the week before.

The specific offense that decreased the most was vandalism, which fell to 25 incidents last week, from 34 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 26 to 35. Incidents of burglary rose from three to five, and reports of theft went up from 25 to 26.

There were 109 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 20 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, 14 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 32 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, La Sierra, Eastside and Arlington had the most reported incidents last week. La Sierra and Eastside were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Eastside saw the largest decline. Crime reports in University also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in La Sierra South are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Wednesday, Saturday and Monday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Tuesday, Sunday and Thursday, while incidents on Saturday, Monday and Friday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and midday saw the most crime last week.

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