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

The number of crime incidents in Worcester last week remained roughly even with the week before, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

The offenses that increased the most were assault and auto theft. Assault rose to 104 incidents last week, from 88 the week before. Auto theft went from 18 to 28.

Among other categories, there was also an increase in theft, from 24 incidents per week to 34, and in rape or sexual assault, from zero to two incidents.

There were 16 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week. There were also four incidents of robbery.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of disorderly conduct went from 297 to 268. Incidents of auto burglary fell from 17 to 12, and trespassing went down from 13 to nine.

There were 1,251 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of six from the previous week. Other crimes includes a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

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