PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Property and violent crimes can spike during the middle of the day and in the middle of the week in several Phoenix-area cities, according to statistics compiled by the LexisNexis Community Crime Map website.

"Every area is different. Every neighborhood is different," said Ed Wessing, the executive commander of the Mesa Police Department.

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"We have analysts that work in every one of the patrol districts that look at the crime that occurred over the past 24 hours," said Wessing. "And what they’re looking for is, do we have those hot spots? Do we have anything that’s trendable? Do we have anything that’s hitting more than one district?"

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LexisNexis compiles crime reports from most Valley cities and turns them into a searchable database, which contains mapping software and other data analytics. One of the screens shows what time of day and what day of week crime spikes.

According to a search of the past month's crime reports, property crimes spiked in central Phoenix on Friday and Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., as well as Thursday between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In Gilbert, property crimes spiked on weekends between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In Goodyear, they spiked Tuesdays at 8 p.m. And in Mesa, they spike Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Wessing says part of the reason may be groups of car thieves or burglars working together.

"We will have a crew that will come to your neighborhood, and they will walk vehicle to vehicle in the neighborhood, testing doors, testing to see who left them unlocked, who left property in unsecured vehicles," said Wessing.

Both Wessing and Sgt. Vincent Lewis from the Phoenix Police Department say one of the most important actions regular citizens can take is to limit the opportunities for criminals to strike.

"Simply keeping your yard clean and maintained and making your home lived-in is less likely to invite crime," said Lewis.

Lewis also said that the use of surveillance cameras by businesses, as well as by homeowners has helped to deter crime and helped police departments solve crimes.

"It could give us height, weight, clothing, time of day, location, mode of travel, modus operandi. All of these things are helpful with investigating and solving crime," said Lewis.

You can access the LexisNexis Community Crime Map here.

Morgan Loew's hard-hitting investigations can be seen weekdays on CBS 5 News at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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The 'primetime' for committing crimes (for dbreath anyway) is whenever he finds a trailer or RV to break into and do filthy things in like he did in Prescott Valley. Disgusting.


Blacks and Mexicans take mid-week off of "work" to commit crimes? They're not getting enough money sucking off welfare and government resources they already get for free?


All ethnicities commit crime. It is true (proven) that illegals commit more felonies per person than non illegals but that can be expected as illegals are already breaking the law. That said illegal is not a race, it is a LEGAL status. All races.

Agustus Gloop

Make America Great Again by spewing hate?


Disgustus Gloop - Conflate much???


magamia that is the stupidest, racist comment I’ve read yet.


WTH dbreath?? I thought I held that title? What's with you giving the title to MAGAMia? You filthy racist bigot, you don't even know what you're talking about. Now go support a White owned business...unless you're too much of a bigot.


Daddy Dummy I see your lack of intelligence is shining bright. I’ll give you a new title. How about I call you what you really are? How about “poor old pitiful Daddy Dummy?” You sure are a disgrace to your people. Loneliness doesn’t have to engulf your life reach out and hug a Mexican, you’ll feel better about yourself. Donate some time and help clean up a lower end neighborhood. Do something a little more productive other than sitting on your computer whining about your white mans injustice.


Get a dog. #1 deterrent.

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