District 4 Sees 9-Perecnt Drop in Part One Crime as ’20 Draws to a Close

As 2020 was drawing to a close, District 4 had seen a 9-percent drop in violent and property crime, according to Boston Police.

Between Jan. and Dec. 27 of last year, 3,013 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the district that includes Back Bay, the South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway as opposed to 3,294 during the same timeframe in 2019.

Two homicides were reported in 2020, down from five the previous year, while rapes and attempted rapes were down nearly 13 percent as the number dropped to 21 from 24 the year before.

Robberies and attempted robberies saw a nearly 12-percent decrease, with 134 incidents last year as opposed to 152 in 2019.

Incidents of domestic aggravated assault were down almost 22 percent, dropping to 47 from 60 in 2019, while, in contrast, non-domestic aggravated assault saw a nearly 18-precent uptick as the number climbed to 267 from 227 the previous year.

The rate of commercial burglaries more than doubled, with 154 in 2020, compared to 74 last year.

Residential burglaries were down around 7 percent as the number dropped to 138 from 149 in 2019, while there were no incidents of other burglary in 2020 as opposed to 17 the previous year.

Incidents of larceny from a motor vehicle were up around 30 percent, with 514 last year, compared to 395 in 2019, whereas, in contrast, other larcenies saw a nearly 22-percent decline as the number fell to 1,597 in 2020 as opposed to 2,039 the year before.

Auto theft was down nearly 9 percent, with 139 incidents last year, down from 152 in 2019.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 5 percent as the number of incidents dropped to 16,491 from 17,415 in 2019.

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