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Worcester Police Department
Tuesday February 7th, 2012 :: 04:26 p.m. EST


2011 Crime Report -Violent Crime Decreases 1.7 Percent and Property Crime Decreases 10.6 Percent

2011 Crime Report

-Violent Crime Decreases 1.7 Percent-
•In 2011 there was a 1.7 percent reduction in all violent crime (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) compared to 2010. The number of incidents dropped from 906 in 2010 to 891 in 2011.
•In 2011 there were ten homicides, an increase of three from 2010 when there were seven. While the number of homicides increased in 2011, the number of homicides by firearm saw a slight decrease from six in 2010 to five in 2011.
•Aggravated assaults decreased in 2011 by 2.1 percent.
•The number of non-fatal shooting incidents and victims also decreased in 2011. There were ten less non-fatal shootings incidents and 12 less non-fatal shooting victims in 2011 compared to 2010.
•The number of stabbings and slashings increased in 2011 when there were 138 compared to 117 in 2010.

-Property Crime Decreases 10.6 Percent-
•In 2011 there was a 10.6 percent reduction in all property crime (burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft and arson) compared to 2010.
•Motor vehicle theft dropped 7.8 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.
•Larceny/theft had the largest percentage decrease in 2011 compared to 2010, with a reduction of 28.8 percent.
•Burglary increased in 2011, up 5.1 percent from 2010.
•Arson remained unchanged from 2010.

Worcester Police Department
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 508-799-8600

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