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Crime declining in Worcester: What's the latest in the trend?

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 837 for the week of September 30, down from 925 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 89 incidents last week, from 139 the week before. Burglary went from 31 to 13.

There were 127 reported assault incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 128 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from four to six, and vandalism rose from 32 to 34.

There were 568 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 23 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, 48 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 51 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding day and time factors, Saturday, Friday and Wednesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday, while incidents on Friday, Wednesday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, evening, early afternoon and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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