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Worcester County, Massachusetts Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Worcester County, Massachusetts. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Worcester County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Worcester County, Massachusetts, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 164,643 total crimes reported in Worcester County, Massachusetts (25,236 of them violent). Of the 16,464 crimes that occur a year in Worcester County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Worcester County, Massachusetts every 31 minutes. This includes 113 murders, 2,197 rapes, and more than one hundred and six thousand thefts (including 16,229 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Worcester County, Massachusetts for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Worcester County decreased by 5 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 16 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Worcester County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly seventeen thousand for Worcester County, Massachusetts in 2009.

Crime Trends in Worcester County, Massachusetts (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Worcester County, Massachusetts (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Worcester County, Massachusetts law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Worcester County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.