By John Lynds
Despite two shocking homicides of teens in September overall crime in East Boston was is down 25 percent in the first quarter of 2016 when compared to the same time period during the previous year.
At a recent community meeting Monday, Captain Kelley McCormick, Sergeant Jimmy Martin and Officer Danny Simons said Eastie is ranked the third safest neighborhood in all of Boston just behind places like Beacon Hill.
“So far overall crime from January 1 to May 15, 2016 is down 25 percent,” said Simons.
Simons said Part One crimes like domestic aggravated assault, non-domestic aggravated assault, commercial burglary, residential burglary, larceny from a motor vehicle, auto theft and other larcenies are all down.
Overall there were 220 Part One Crimes in Eastie in from January 1 to May 15, 2016 compared to the 292 that occurred during the same time period the previous year.
In 2015 there was no homicides during the same period. However, there were two in Eastie during the same time period for 2016.
Rape or attempted rape remained the same at three for the same period when comparing 2015 to 2016. Robbery or attempted robbery also stayed the same at 25 when comparing 2015 stats to 2016 stats.
Domestic assaults were down from 20 to 12 while non-domestic aggravated assaults were down from 40 to 34.
There were five less residential commercial burglaries in 2016 with six in 2015 compared to one the previous year. Residential burglary was also down from 40 to 22.
Larceny from a motor vehicle, a crime that has plagued Eastie in recent years, was down from 47 in 2015 to 32 in 2016 while other larceny was down from 89 to 72 in the first quarter of the year.
Auto thefts in Eastie is also on the decline from 22 in 2015 to 16 in 2016’s first quarter.
McCormick said Eastie is reducing crime on a quicker base than the citywide average for the first quarter. So far the city as a whole has only experienced a one percent decrease in overall Part One crime.
District A-7 Officer Danny Simons, Sergeant Jimmy Martin and Captain Kelley McCormick talk about the overall reduction in crime in East Boston when comparing the first quarter of 2015 with the first quarter of 2016.