East Boston has experienced a slight uptick in Part One Crime in 2018 according to year end tallies released last week by the Boston Police Department.
According to statistics released by the Boston Police that compares Jan. 1, 2017 through December 31 2017 with the same time period for 2018 overall Part One Crime is up 4 percent in Eastie.
There were 26 more Part One Crimes reported when comparing 2017 to 2018. In total there have been 655 Part One Crimes in the neighborhood for 2018 compared to the 629 reported in 2017.
District A-7 Captain Kelly McCormick said an increase in only a few Part One Crimes has been responsible for the the increase. According to Kelly Eastie’s biggest increase is larceny. This is theft from stores and shoplifting in and around the Central Square and Maverick Square areas from places like Shaws and CVS.
In 2017 there were 184 larcenies reported but that number has jumped to 220 in 2018.
Community Officer Dan Simons said there was also an increase in robbery and attempted robberies. In 2017 there were 59 reports of robbery and attempted robberies. That number has jumped to 80 in 2018.
Residential burglaries have dropped from 88 in 2017 to 74 in 2018 and there have been zero other burglaries in Eastie in 2018. Commercial burglaries rose by one from 6 to 7 when comparing 2017 to 2018.
Larceny from a motor vehicle has also dropped from 104 incidents in 2017 to 89 in 2018 and auto theft dropped from 48 to 46.
Domestic aggravated assault has dropped from 43 to 42 while non-domestic aggravated assault rose slightly from 75 to 79.
Rape or attempted rape was the same in 2018 when compared to 2017 with 17 incidents.
Eastie four percent increase in the third quarter is not unusual. Statistically, Eastie is as safe, if not safer, than South Boston whose resident saw a 10 percent increase in Part One Crime with 1,526 incidents reported so far this year. Four of those incidents were homicides while Eastie had only one homicide for both 2017 and 2018. Southie also seems to be dealing with a huge increase in larcenies from a motor vehicle as well as auto theft.