Crime Is down 27 Percent in Eastie so Far This Year

East Boston has experienced a decrease in Part One Crime that include rapes, homicides, burglaries and other serious crimes in 2019 according to statistics released by the Boston Police Department earlier this month.

According to statistics released by the Boston Police that compares Jan. 1, 2018 through March 10, 2018 with the same time period for 2019 overall Part One Crime is down 27 percent in Eastie.

There were 33 less Part One Crimes reported when comparing the same period in 2018 with 2019. In total so far this year there have been only 91 Part One Crimes compared to the 124 incidents that occured between the same time frame in 2018.

In 2018 there were 43 larcenies reported but that number has dropped to 34 so far this year.

Community Officer Dan Simons said there was also a huge decrease in robbery and attempted robberies. In 2018 there were 21 reports of robbery and attempted robberies. That number has dropped to just 8 this year.

Residential burglaries have remained the same at 10 and there have been zero other burglaries so far in Eastie this year.

Larceny from a motor vehicle has also dropped from 18 incidents in the same time period in 2018 to 9 in 2019 and auto theft dropped from 6 to 4.

Domestic aggravated assault has remained the same at 6 while non-domestic aggravated assault dropped from 17 to 9.

Rape or attempted rape dropped so far this year when compared to 2018 with 3 incidents last year compared to only 1 this year. 

However, commercial burglaries rose from zero to 9 when comparing the same time period in 2018 to 2019.

District A-7 Officer Dan Simons pointed out that crime in Eastie has been on a downward spiral since 1999.

“Twenty years ago we had 1,322 incidents of all Part One Crime in the neighborhood,” said Simons. “Last year we had only 658. We have come along way. We believe it is because of the work of the community and the police and the two of us working together. A lot of the most serious crimes have gone way way down since 1999.”

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