For Immediate Release: 4/13/2017 6:27 pm
Worcester, MA (April 13, 2017) - The Worcester Police Crime Analysis Unit reports that property crimes within the city have been experiencing a downward trend.
Statistical analysis has shown that Breaking and Entering’s, Car Breaks, and Vandalism’s have been on a decline compared to the past seven year average. Only the category of Motor Vehicle Thefts has remained unchanged when compared to the past 7 year average. .
Recent data has also shown that all categories have declined within this past year.
The following depicts how each category has been trending:
Breaking and Entering indicates that it is 60% below the last 7 year average and 50% lower than March of 2016.
Car Breaks show that they are 56% below the last 7 year average and 57% lower than March of 2016.
Vandalism indicates that it is 32% below the last 7 year average and 18% lower than March of 2016.
Motor Vehicle Theft has remained identical to the 7 year average but does show a 15% decline compared to the end of March 0f 2016.
In the fall of 2016, a group of detectives were formed to target property crimes. Members of the group conduct follow up investigations, work closely with local pawnshops, and pursue known offenders.
Since the beginning of 2017, members of the group have charged 19 people for various property crimes. The offenders have been charged with Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Larceny from a Building, Larceny over the value of $250.00 and Receiving Stolen Property.
Detectives working in the B&E group will continue to target offenders and urge anyone that may have information about a property crime to send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.