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�o"cesre DEPARTMENT OF POLICE " , <br /> CITY OF WORCESTER <br /> MASSACHUSETTS 01608 -1172 <br /> 508-799-8600 <br /> STEVEN M. SARGENT <br /> Chief of Police <br /> To: Edward M. Augustus, Jr., City Manager <br /> From: Steven M. Sargent, Chief of Police <br /> Date: March 7, 2017 <br /> Re: Crime Stats <br /> Relative to your request for a report regarding crime statistics for the calendar year 2016 the <br /> following information is respectfully submitted. The statistics presented in this report are based <br /> upon data provided by the police department's crime analysis unit. <br /> Violent Crime <br /> In the categories of violent crime we continue to see positive trends. Overall, violent crimes, <br /> including shootings and stabbings are on the decline. In 2016 there were fewer shooting <br /> incidents and victims. There were 26 shooting incidents—five fewer than 2015, a decrease of <br /> 16.3%. There were 30 shooting victims in 2016 compared to 40 in 2015 and 47 in 2014. When <br /> comparing statistic from 2014 to 2016: 31.5 percent reduction in shooting incidents and 36 <br /> percent reduction in shooting victims. The number of shooting incidents in this report includes <br /> any fatal shooting that might have already been counted under homicides. The majority of the <br /> year's homicides have been shootings- seven of the eight people killed in the city last year were <br /> shot. The homicide rate remained the same as the year prior. <br /> Last year, the Worcester Police Latent Print Unit processed 73 guns recovered in crimes. <br /> The number of stabbings and slashings decreased in 2016 when there were 112 compared to 114 <br /> in 2015. The span from 2014 to 2016 shows a 13.17 percent reduction in stabbings and slashings. <br /> Aggravated assaults rose slightly from 690 to 718 last year- 4 percent increase. <br /> When we compare average crime rates over the five year period 2011-2016, we see a decline in <br /> all violent crime categories across the board. <br />