The number of crime incidents in Riverside saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 165 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 208 the week before.
The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 25 incidents last week, from 39 the week before. Vandalism went from 31 to 28. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.
There was also a notable percentage decrease in shootings, from three incidents per week to one.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 12 to 22, and burglary rose from one to three.
There were 86 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 35 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, 16 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 19 reported arrests the week before.
Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Eastside, La Sierra and Ramona had the most reported incidents last week. Eastside and La Sierra were at the top of the list the previous week as well.
Crime in Arlanza decreased the most. Crime reports in La Sierra Acres also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Eastside are down considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Monday, Thursday and Friday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while incidents on Monday, Thursday and Friday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon and midday saw the most crime last week.
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