District Crime Rate Sees Increase

March 29, 2012
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 28-percent increase in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with last year, Boston police said.

Between Jan. 1 and March 18 of this year, 601 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 470 in the same time frame in 2011.

No homicides were reported this year, compared with one last year.

Rapes and attempted rapes saw an increase as the number of incidents rose to four from three last year.

Robberies and attempted robberies were up 48 percent as the number of incidents climbed to 43 from 29 last year.

Larcenies and attempted larcenies rose 31 percent as the number of incidents climbed to 442 from 337 last year.

Aggravated assaults were up 20 percent, with 55 incidents this year, compared with 46 in 2011.

Burglaries and attempted burglaries were up 13 percent, with 35 incidents in 2012 as opposed to 31 last year.

In contrast, vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft was down 4 percent as the number of incidents dropped to 22 from 23 last year.

Citywide, Part One crime was down three percent as the number of incidents dropped to 4,000 from 4,117 in 2011.

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