Beacon Hill Sees Drop in Crime

Beacon Hill has seen a 15-percent decrease in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with the same timeframe last year, according to Boston Police.

Between January and August of this year, 143 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the neighborhood as opposed to 179 in 2011.

No homicides were reported either year, while the number of rapes remained constant at one each in 2011 and 2012.

Robberies and attempted robberies were up 11 percent from last year as the number climbed to 10 from nine in 2011.

The rate of domestic aggravated assaults was the same, with two incidents each both years.

Non-domestic aggravated assaults, on the other hand, were up 133 percent as the number climbed to seven from three last year.

Commercial burglaries dropped 55-percent, with four incidents this year, compared to nine in 2011.

Residential burglaries were down 37 percent as the number of incidents fell to 17 from 27 last year.

Larcenies from motor vehicles saw an 8-percent spike as the number climbed to 57 from 53 last year.

In contrast, other larcenies dropped 41 percent, with 37 this year, compared to 63 in 2011.

Auto theft was down 33 percent as the number of incidents dropped to eight from 12 last year.

Meanwhile, Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has seen a 6–percent spike in violent and property crimes overall in 2012, with 1,905 incidents reported between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26 as opposed to 1,805 during the same timeframe in 2011.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 7 percent as the number of incidents dropped to 14,764 from 15,850 in 2011.

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