Area A-1 sees Slight Spike in Violent, Property Crimes in ‘10

-By Dan Murphy

Boston’s Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, experienced a 3-percent increase in violent and property crimes in 2010, compared with the previous year, according to Boston Police.

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, 3,253 Part One crime incidents were recorded as opposed to 3,161 during the same timeframe in 2009.

No homicides were reported in 2010, compared with one the previous year.

Rapes and attempted rapes were up around 46 percent as the number of incidents climbed to 19 from 13 in 2009.

Burglaries and attempted burglaries experienced an approximately 36-percent increase, with 210 in 2010, compared with 154 the previous year.

Aggravated assaults saw a 17-percent spike as the number of incidents rose to 314 from 269 in 2009.

Robberies and attempted robberies were up 9 percent, with 212 in 2010, compared with 195 the previous year.

Vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft saw a 6-percent increase as the number of incidents climbed to 113 from 107 in 2009.

In contrast, larcenies and attempted larcenies were down 2 percent, with 2,385 incidents in 2010 as opposed to 2,422 in 2009.

Citywide, Part One crime was down 3 percent as the number of incidents dropped to 25,964 in 2010 from 26,888 the previous year.

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