Boston/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on November 27, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,782 for the week of Nov. 17, up from 1,720 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and burglary. Assault rose to 92 incidents last week, from 57 the week before. Reports of burglary went from 13 to 28.

There was also a considerable percentage increase in trespassing, from 11 incidents per week to 17, and in drug-related offenses, from 18 to 25 incidents.

There were two reported rape or sexual assault incidents last week. That represents an increase from zero incidents the previous week. There were also 18 incidents of auto theft.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of disorderly conduct went from 221 to 210. Incidents of vandalism fell from 31 to 20, and weapons offenses went down from 13 to five.

There were 1,265 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 36 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

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

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