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Norfolk crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Norfolk saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 273 for the week of Oct. 14, down from 361 the week before.

Assault and vandalism led the decrease in crime incidents. Assault fell to 40 incidents last week, from 71 the week before. Vandalism went from 69 to 48.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in robbery, from seven incidents per week to one, and in theft, from 128 to 114 incidents.

There were 21 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 22 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, shootings went from eight to 16.

There were 33 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 23 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, 22 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 33 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Downtown, Fairmount Park and Bayview Beach had the most reported incidents last week. Downtown was at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Northside saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Roberts Village also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Highland Park are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Sunday and Saturday, while incidents on Monday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late night, late morning and evening saw the most crime last week.

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