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Published on December 17, 2019
Worcester crime declining: Which offenses are leading the trend?Photo: iStock

The number of crime incidents in Worcester saw an overall decrease for the week of Dec. 6 to Dec. 12, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,682 in the latest seven-day period of available police reports, down from 1,815 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were assault and auto theft. Assault fell to 71 incidents, from 81 the week before. Auto theft went from 20 to 11.

There was also a decrease in vandalism, from 24 incidents per week to 15, and in disorderly conduct, from 202 to 194 incidents.

There were 20 reported drug-related offenses. That represents a decrease from 21 incidents the previous week. There were also 14 incidents of fraud or financial crimes, down from 16 the week before.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of burglary went from seven to 15. Incidents of theft rose from 11 to 15, and robbery went up from three to five.

There were 1,233 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, a decrease of 106 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, Friday, Tuesday and Saturday saw the most crime incidents. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Wednesday and Sunday, while incidents on Monday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late morning, early afternoon and after midnight saw the most crime last week.

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