Safety in These Numbers: Area A-1 Sees a Big Reduction in Violent and Property Crimes

Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced an approximately 18-percent reduction in violent and property crimes to date as opposed to last year, according to Boston Police.

Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 18 of this year, 1,976 incidents of Part One crime were reported, compared with 2,397 during the same timeframe in 2010. While crime was on the decline overall, one homicide was reported this year as opposed to none in 2010.

Rapes and attempted rapes saw an approximately 18-percent decrease as the number of incidents dropped to 14 from 17 last year. Vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft dropped 32 percent as the number dropped of incidents fell to 60 incidents from 88 in 2010. Aggravated assaults were down 19 percent, with 180 incidents this year as opposed to 223 in 2010.   Larcenies and attempted larcenies were down 18 percent as the number of incidents fell to 1,449 from 1,775 in 2010.

Robberies and attempted robberies saw a 12-percent decrease as the number of incidents dropped to 117 from 133 last year. Burglaries and attempted burglaries were down 4 percent, with 155 incidents in 2011 as opposed to 161 last year.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 11 percent as the total number of incidents dropped to 17,025 from 19,052 in 2010.

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