Inland Empire/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on September 27, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Riverside saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 209 for the week of Sept. 16, up from 202 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were vandalism and shooting. Vandalism rose to 37 incidents last week, from 25 the week before. Shootings went from zero to one.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 36 to 28. Incidents of theft fell from 26 to 20, and burglary went down from five to four.

There were 119 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of nine 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, 19 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 14 reported arrests the week before.

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

University saw the largest increase. Crime reports in La Sierra also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Canyon Springs are up considerably as well.

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

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