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Worcester crime going down: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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 807 for the week of July 22, down from 967 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 69 incidents last week, from 119 the week before. Assault went from 111 to 108. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last four weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage decrease in robbery, from five incidents per week to two, and in burglary, from 21 to 18 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 26 to 30.

There were 580 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 104 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, 55 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 100 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late afternoon and evening 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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