Worcester crime recap: Assault rises, vandalism drops

Worcester crime recap: Assault rises, vandalism drops
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By Hoodline - Published on March 21, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 650 for the week of March 11, up from 541 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and theft. Assault rose to 93 incidents last week, from 85 the week before. Theft went from 57 to 65.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a considerable percentage increase in burglary, from nine incidents per week to 16.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 22 to 16, and robbery fell from three to two.

There were 458 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 93 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, 33 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 34 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays witnessed the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Thursdays and Mondays went down. Comparing times of day, midday, late afternoon and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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