Worcester crime: Which offenses are growing the most?

The number of crime incidents in Worcester last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

The overall increase in crime reports was led by theft. There were 119 incidents of theft last week, up from 90 the week before. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There were 21 reported burglaries, which represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 124 to 111. Incidents of robbery fell from seven to five, and vandalism went down from 28 to 26.

There were 684 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 12 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, 100 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 61 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Friday, Saturday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Friday, Wednesday and Thursday, while incidents on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late night and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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