District 4 Sees 5-Percent Drop in Violent and Property Crime in ‘17

By Dan Murphy

District 4 has seen a 5-percent decrease in violent and property crime to date in 2017, compared to last year.

According to Boston Police, 2,156 Part One crimes were reported in the district, which includes the Back Bay, South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway, between Jan. 1 and Aug. 6 of this year, as opposed to 2,276 during the same timeframe in 2016.

The rate of homicides remained the same, with one incident each his year and last, while the number of rapes and attempted rapes saw a slight uptick as the number rose to 26 from 24 last year.

Robberies and attempted robberies were down around 18 percent, with 109 incidents this year, down from 133 in 2016.

Domestic aggravated assaults saw a nearly 14-percent decrease as the number fell to 32 from 37 last year.

Non-domestic aggravated assaults were also down almost 6 percent, dropping to 137 from 145 in 2016.

In contrast, commercial burglaries rose around 38 percent as the number of incidents climbed to 36 from 26 last year.

Residential burglaries were down nearly 9 percent, dropping to 103 incidents from 113 in 2016.

Other burglaries, meanwhile, saw a 171-percent increase as the number climbed to 19 from seven last year.

Larcenies from motor vehicles were down nearly 14 percent, falling to 336 incidents from 389 in 2016.

Other larcenies similarly saw an almost 15-percent decrease as the number fell to 1,264 from 1,322 last year.

Auto theft, on the other hand, was up nearly 18 percent, with 93 incidents up from 79 in 2016.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 8 percent as the number of incidents and property crime fell to 10,734 from 11,637 in 2016.

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