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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 927 for the week of Sept. 16, up from 799 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 112 incidents last week, from 73 the week before. Assault went from 103 to 120.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 34 to 22. Incidents of burglary fell from 20 to 15, and robbery went down from three to two.

There were 656 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 90 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, 54 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 46 reported arrests the week before.

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

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