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Worcester crime rising: 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 data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 940 for the week of July 29, up from 857 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and robbery. Theft rose to 85 incidents last week, from 71 the week before. Robbery went from two to six.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 117 to 115. Incidents of burglary fell from 20 to 18, and vandalism went down from 30 to 28.

There were 688 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 71 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, 80 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 62 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding day and time factors, Saturday, Friday and Wednesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Friday and Monday, while incidents on Sunday, Thursday and Wednesday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, late afternoon 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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