The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 916 for the week of July 8, down from 1,070 the week before.
The specific offense that decreased the most was assault, which fell to 119 incidents last week, from 128 the week before. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 14 to 28. Incidents of theft rose from 79 to 87, and burglary went up from 19 to 21.
There were 654 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 168 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, 57 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 78 reported arrests the week before.
Regarding day and time factors, Saturday, Thursday and Friday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, while incidents on Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, late morning and midday saw the most crime last week.
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