Worcester crime incidents down in February; burglary continues to trend down

The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 10 percent, from 2,674 in January to 2,393 in February.

The offenses most on the decline last month were burglary and theft. Burglary fell from 89 reported incidents in January to 47 in February. Theft incidents went from 303 to 263 for the month, or about a 13 percent decrease.

There were 14 robbery reports last month and 59 vandalism incidents. Robbery incidents dropped from 18 offenses the previous month, while vandalism reports decreased by 38 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, assault reports went from 373 to 392.

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

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