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Worcester crime trending up: Which offenses are rising the most?

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 1,813 for the week of Dec. 1, up from 1,689 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were assault and reports of a suspicious person. Assault rose to 81 incidents last week, from 68 the week before. Reports of a suspicious person went from 48 to 57.

There was also a sizable percentage increase in trespassing, from seven incidents per week to 13, and in vandalism, from 17 to 24 incidents.

There were 19 reported auto theft incidents last week. That represents an increase from 16 incidents the previous week. There were also 21 incidents of drug-related offenses.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of disorderly conduct went from 238 to 202. Incidents of burglary fell from 34 to seven, and theft went down from 24 to 11.

There were 1,339 reports of miscellaneous other crimes, an increase of 182 from the previous week. Other crimes include a variety of offenses like trespassing, public disturbance and violation of a court order.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Sunday, Friday and Thursday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Friday and Thursday, while incidents on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, late afternoon and evening saw the most crime last week.

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