Crime is Down 19 Percent

By John Lynds

We have reached the halfway point in the year and Mission Hill/Roxbury has experienced a decrease in Part One Crime so far in 2019 according to statistics released by the Boston Police Department earlier this month.

According to statistics released by the Boston Police that compares Jan. 1, 2018 through July 21, 2018 with the same time period for 2019 overall Part One Crime is down 19 percent in Eastie.

There were 278 less Part One Crimes reported when comparing the same period in 2018 with 2019. In total so far this year there have been 1,171 Part One Crimes compared to the 1,449 incidents that occurred between the same time frame in 2018.

In 2018 there were 440 larcenies reported but that number has dropped to 372 so far this year.

There was also a huge decrease in robbery and attempted robberies. In 2018 there were 177 reports of robbery and attempted robberies. That number has dropped to just 97 this year.

Residential burglaries also dropped with 156 occuring in 2018 and 97 occurring so far this year.

Larceny from a motor vehicle has also dropped from 225 incidents in the same time period in 2018 to 176 in 2019 and auto theft dropped from 23 to 20.

Other burglaries stayed the same with six occurring last year in the same time period and six occurring this year.

Domestic aggravated assault has decreased slightly from 111 to 100 while non-domestic aggravated assault dropped by one from 203 to 202.

Rape or attempted rape increased by three when compared to 2018 with 21 incidents last year compared to 24 this year. 

Commercial burglaries stayed pretty even with 19 in 2018 and 18 so far this year.

Homicides have also been reduced in the neighborhood with 10 reported in the first six months of 2018 and only four reported so far for 19.

Anyone look to assist police in any investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

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