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Published on October 03, 2019
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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 223 for the week of Sept. 23, down from 230 the week before.

The specific offense that decreased the most was vandalism, which fell to 24 incidents last week, from 42 the week before.

There were 24 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 31 to 45. Incidents of burglary rose from five to seven, and shootings went up from one to two.

There were 121 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of six 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, down from 20 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Eastside, University and La Sierra continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

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

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

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