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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 reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 899 for the week of August 19, down from 920 the week before.

The specific offense that decreased the most was robbery, which fell to six incidents last week, from seven the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of assault went from 122 to 132. Incidents of burglary rose from 12 to 20, and vandalism went up from 36 to 41.

There were 621 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 47 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, 63 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 60 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when most crimes are committed Monday, Wednesday and Saturday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Monday and Friday, while incidents on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

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