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Worcester crime rising: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of reported 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. The number of reported incidents rose to 1,070 for the week of July 1, up from 876 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were robberies and shootings. There were six reported robberies last week, from two the week before. Shootings went from zero to two.

Among the offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault dropped from 143 to 128. Reported incidents of theft fell from 92 to 79, and reports of vandalism dropped from 24 to 14.

There were 822 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 234 from last week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those reported incidents, 78 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 51 arrests the week before.

Regarding when most crimes were committed, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest increases of reported crimes from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Friday and Tuesday, while the number of reported incidents on Saturday and Sunday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late night and after midnight 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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