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Crime creeps up in Worcester: What's the latest in the trend?

The number of crime incidents in Worcester rose slightly last week, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and fraud or financial crimes. Assault rose to 102 incidents last week, from 88 the week before. Fraud or financial crimes went from 28 to 37. Reports of fraud or financial crimes have continued to grow for the last three weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in auto theft, from 18 incidents per week to 26, and in theft, from 24 to 33 incidents.

There were 18 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents an increase from 16 incidents the previous week. 

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of disorderly conduct went from 297 to 271. Incidents of suspicious person fell from 60 to 51, and auto burglary went down from 17 to 11.

There were 1,259 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 14 from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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