The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 744 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 876 the week before.
The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 108 incidents last week, from 135 the week before. Vandalism went from 34 to 25.
There was also a considerable percentage decrease in robbery, from seven incidents per week to five.
There were 91 reported theft incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 13 to 18.
There were 497 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 99 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 48 reported arrests the week before.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Monday, Sunday and Saturday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Friday and Wednesday, while incidents on Monday went up. Comparing times of day, midday, late afternoon and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.
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