District 4 Sees 9-Percent Reduction in Part One Crime from Last Year

As August of 2020 was drawing to a close, District 4 had seen a 9-percent reduction in violent and property crime as opposed to last year.

According to Boston Police, 1,937 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30 of this year in the district that includes Back Bay, the South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway – down from 2,124 during the same timeframe in 2019.

One homicide had occurred in the district to date in 2020, compared with two last year, while rapes and attempted rapes were down around 35 percent as the number dropped to 11 from 17 last year.

Robberies and attempted robberies, on the other hand, saw an approximately 9-percent increase, with 95 incidents this year, up from 87 in 2019.

Incidents of domestic aggravated assault were down nearly 20 percent as the number fell to 33 from 41 last year, while in contrast, incidents of non-domestic aggravated assault saw an almost 30-percent uptick, with 179 incidents this year as opposed to 179 in 2019.

The rate of commercial burglaries increased more than threefold as the number shot up to 127 from 38 last year, but residential burglaries were down nearly 12 percent as the number fell to 83 from 94 last year.

No other burglaries were reported this year, compared to 11 in 2019.

Incidents of larceny from a motor vehicle were up nearly 22-percent as the number climbed to 327 from 269 last year, while other larcenies were down around 25 percent, with 990 in 2020, compared to 1,330 in 2019.

Also, auto theft experienced a more than 11-percent reduction as the number fell to 86 from 97 last year.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 5 percent, with 10,847 incidents in 2020, as opposed to 11,383 last in 2019.

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