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Cambridge Police: serious crime down from this time last year

Posted by Brock Parker  September 11, 2013 12:22 PM

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Police in Cambridge are reporting a significant decrease in serious crimes since the start of the year, including a 31-percent drop in burglaries.

Overall, serious crime in Cambridge has decreased by 11 percent for the first eight months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, according to the Police Department’s August BridgeStat report.

Much of the drop is being attributed to the decrease in the number of burglaries, which has fallen from 349 over the first eight months of 2012 to 241 burglaries reported in the same period this year.

The number of larcenies reported has also dropped by six percent to 1,568 over the same period.

The drop in crime is a continuing trend in the city. According to Cambridge Police, the number of serious crimes in 2012 was the lowest in almost 50 years.

BridgeStat.pngCambridge has had two homicides between January and the end of August, which is up from one murder during the same period last year.

Cambridge Police say serious crime has dropped so far in 2013 compared to the same period last year. Chart courtesy the Cambridge Police from the August BridgeStat report.

Nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has been charged for the January death of 1-year-old Rehma Sabir, who died of severe head injuries. The second murder victim was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier in April. A federal grand jury indictment in June charges alleged Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his late brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev with the shooting of the 27-year-old police officer.

Other violent crimes have decreased in the city during the first eight months of 2013 compared to 2012. The number of rapes decreased slightly from 18 to 17 in the period, while robberies were down from 84 to 81 in the first eight months of 2013 and aggravated assaults were down by 22 percent from 168 over the same period last year to 131 this year, according to the report.

The entire August BridgeStat report for the city can be found online here.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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