Hill Sees 13-percent Decrease in Violent and Property Crimes in ‘12

Beacon Hill has seen a 13-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, 176 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the neighborhood as opposed to 203 in 2011.

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

The rate of robberies and attempted robberies also remained constant, with 10 incidents each year.

Commercial burglaries were down 60 percent as the number of incidents dropped to four from 10 last year.

Residential burglaries saw a 22 percent decrease, with 25 this year, compared to 32 in 2011.

Auto thefts were down 25 percent as the number dropped to nine from 12 in 2011.

On the other hand, domestic aggravated assaults were up 50 percent as the number of incidents climbed to three from two last year.

Non-domestic aggravated assaults saw a 40-percent spike, with seven incidents this year, compared to five in 2011.

Larcenies from motor vehicles saw a 6-percent increase as the number climbed to 69 from 65 last year.

In contrast, other larcenies saw 27-percent decrease, with 48 this year, compared to 66 in 2011.

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 2,279 incidents reported between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 as opposed to 2,144 during the same timeframe in 2011.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 6 percent as the number of incidents between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 dropped to 17,330 from 18,456 in 2011.

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