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

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The number of crime incidents in Worcester 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 846 for the week of August 26, down from 960 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 116 incidents last week, from 141 the week before. Vandalism went from 44 to 24.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease in burglary, from 21 incidents per week to 18.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 83 to 96.

There were 592 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 73 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, 55 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 65 reported arrests the week before.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Worcester? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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