District 4 Sees 7-Percent Reduction in Part One Crime from Last Year

As the first half of 2020 was drawing to a close, District 4 had seen a 7-percent reduction in incidents of violent and property crime from last year.

According to Boston Police, 1,218 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and June 14 of this year in the district that includes the Back Bay, South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway, down from 1,313 during the same timeframe last year.

No homicides have been reported this year, compared to two in 2019, while rapes and attempted rapes were down around 46 percent as the number fell to seven from 13 last year.

In contrast, the rate of robberies and attempted robberies spiked more than 44 percent, with 62 incidents this year as opposed to 43 in 2019.

Domestic aggravated assaults were down around 23 percent as the number fell to 23 from 30 last year, while conversely, non-domestic aggravated assaults were up about 40 percent as the number climbed to 115 from 82 last year.

Commercial burglaries increased more than threefold, with 95 incidents this year as opposed to only 31 in 2019, but in contrast, residential burglaries were down about 17 percent as the number fell to 48 from 58 in 2019.

Other burglaries also plunged from nine last year to none in 2020.

Incidents of larceny from a motor vehicle saw an approximately 23-percent increase as the number climbed to 222 from 180 last year while conversely, incidents of other larceny dropped about 26 percent as the number fell to 599 from 814 in 2019.

Auto theft was also down nearly 8 percent, with 47 incidents in 2020 as opposed to 51 last year.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 1 percent as the number of incidents fell to 7,029 from 7,079 in 2019.

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