The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 829 for the week of September 2, down from 896 the week before.
The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and theft. Assault fell to 95 incidents last week, from 119 the week before. Theft went from 99 to 94. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 24 to 28. Incidents of burglary rose from 18 to 20, and robbery went up from zero to two.
There were 589 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, 61 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 57 reported arrests the week before.
Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Thursday and Friday, while incidents on Wednesday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late morning, midday and evening saw the most crime last week.
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