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Published on October 28, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Columbus 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 505 for the week of Oct. 14, up from 487 the week before.

Burglary and shooting led the increase in crime incidents. Burglary rose to 49 incidents last week, from 38 the week before. Shootings went from four to 10.

There was also an increase in assault, from 83 incidents per week to 88, and in vandalism, from 42 to 44 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from 19 to 11, and theft fell from 219 to 218.

There were 85 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of three 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, seven involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from five reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, North Linden and Downtown had the most reported incidents last week. North Linden and Downtown were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime reports in Central Hilltop also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in East Linden are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursday, Wednesday and Monday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Sunday and Thursday, while incidents on Tuesday, Monday and Friday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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