March 22, 2017

Editorial: Crime stats show Worcester becoming safer in long run

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The city of Worcester recently released crime statistics for 2016. The news is generally positive.

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Among the 15 categories reported, 11 showed decreases in 2016 compared to the five-year averages.

Breaking and enterings were down nearly 22 percent compared to the five-year average. Arrests (minus-16.5 percent) and stabbings or slashings (minus-10.83 percent) also showed double-digit decreases over the five-year average.

Overall incidents were up 6.75 percent in 2016 compared to the five-year average. Motor vehicle thefts (7.27 percent), noise disturbances (16.56 percent) and traffic accidents (9.85 percent) were also higher in 2016 than the five-year average.

The biggest news in the report was the continued decline of violent crime as all five measured categories showed decreases compared to the five-year average.

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