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Worcester crime increasing: Which offenses are leading the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 919 for the week of August 12, up from 808 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault rose to 122 incidents last week, from 93 the week before. Vandalism went from 22 to 36.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in theft, from 65 incidents per week to 75.

There were seven reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 15 to 12.

There were 667 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 61 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, 60 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 70 reported arrests the week before.

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

Want a longer-term view of crime in Worcester? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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