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San Diego crime going down: Which offenses are falling the most?

The number of crime incidents in San Diego 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 692 for the week of Sept. 16, down from 735 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by theft and assault. Theft fell to 250 incidents last week, from 276 the week before. Assault went from 115 to 92.

There was also a notable percentage decrease in burglaries, from 44 incidents per week to 43.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 49 to 71, and incidents of robbery rose from 17 to 31.

There were 203 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 31 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, 201 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 233 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Pacific Beach, North Park and East Village had the most reported incidents last week. Pacific Beach and East Village were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

East Village experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Kearny Mesa also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Marina are down considerably as well.

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

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