Area A-1 Sees 20-Percent Drop-In Part One Crime as ’20 Draws to a Close

As 2020 was drawing to a close, Area A-1 had seen a 20-percent decrease in violent and property crime from the previous year, according to Boston Police.

Between Jan. and Dec. 27 of last year, 1,905 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the district that includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown Downtown and the North End as opposed to 2,393 during the same timeframe in 2019.

No homicides were reported in 2020, down from one the previous year, while rapes and attempted rapes fell around 33 percent as the number dropped to 18 from 27 in 2019.

Robberies and attempted robberies saw a nearly 21-percent decrease, with 122 incidents reported in 2020 as opposed to 154 the previous year.

Incidents of domestic aggravated assault were down slightly in 2020, with the number dropping to 23 from 24 the year before, while non-domestic aggravated assaults were down almost 29 percent as the number to 210 from 270 in 2019.

The rate of commercial burglaries, on the other hand, nearly doubled as the number climbed to 127 in 2020 from 66 the previous year.

Residential burglaries, meanwhile, were down slightly as the number dropped to 46 from 50 in 2019, while incidents of other burglary dropped to none from nine.

Incidents of larceny from a motor vehicle saw a nearly 39-percent uptick as the number climbed to 291 in 2020 from 209 the previous year.

In contrast, other larcenies were down around 33 percent as the number fell to 997 from 1,490 in 2019.

Auto thefts were down about 19 percent, with 71 in 2020, compared to 93 the previous year. Citywide, Part One crime was down 5 percent as the number of incidents dropped to 16,491 from 17,415 in 2019

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