District 4 Sees 12-Percent Drop In Part One Crime This Year

As the first quarter of 2020 drew to a close, District 4 had seen a 12-percent decrease in incidents of violent and property crime from last year.

According to Boston Police, 602 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the district, which includes Back Bay, the South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway, between Jan. 1 and March 29 of this year, compared with 684 during the same timeframe in 2019.

Homicides dropped from one last year to none this year while rapes and attempted rapes were down nearly 43 percent as the number fell to four from seven in 2019.

The rate of robberies and attempted robberies remained steady at 23 incidents both this year and last.

Domestic aggravated assaults saw a 50-precent decrease as the number fell to 10 from 20 in 2019 while in contrast, non-domestic aggravated assaults were up nearly 20 percent as the number climbed to 49 from 41 last year.

Incidents of commercial burglary were down around 29 percent as the number fell to 17 from 24 in 2019; residential burglaries decreased almost 41 percent as the number dropped to 19 from 32 last year; and the number of other burglaries went from six last year to none in 2020.

The rate of larcenies from a motor vehicle remained steady at 96 incidents both this year and last while other larcenies were down nearly 43 percent as the number fell to four from seven last year.

And auto theft spiked 47 percent as the number spiked to 25 from 17 in 2019.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 2 percent as the number of incidents fell to 3,536 from 3,626 in 2019.

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