Worcester crime declines; assault and theft drop

Crime reports in Worcester saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 8.1 percent, from 2,910 in December to 2,674 in January. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Assault and theft reports declined the most from the previous month. Assault fell from 465 reported incidents in December to 373 in January. Theft incidents went from 363 to 303 for the month, or about a 16-percent decrease.

There were 89 burglary reports last month and 18 robbery incidents. Burglary incidents dropped from 94 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by seven incidents.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Sundays, while incidents on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays went up. Late afternoon, late morning and early afternoon saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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