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Crime rate continues to fall in Cambridge

Posted by Brock Parker  February 20, 2014 11:28 AM

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Crime statistics in Cambridge over the last 50 years. Graphic courtesy Cambridge Police.

Serious crime in Cambridge dropped by 8 percent last year, sinking the cityís crime rate below what had already been called a 50-year low in 2012.

Violent crimes including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults were down by 21 percent from 414 total incidents in 2012 to 327 in 2013, according to a review of serious crime posted on the Cambridge Police Departmentís website this week.

While the number of murders was up from one in 2012 to three last year, the number of rapes fell from 23 to 17 and aggravated assaults fell from 262 to 189 over the same period, according to the report compiled by the police departmentís crime analysis unit.

The number of robberies fell from 128 in 2012 to 118 in 2013, but the city did see a spike in commercial robberies from 16 in 2012 to 30 last year. Police said arrests were made in 19 of the 30 commercial robberies.

Combining the violent crimes with property crimes in the city, there were a total of 3,197 incidents in 2013, compared to 3,478 in 2012. The total is down by 70 percent from the cityís peak year of crime in 1974 when 10,715 incidents were reported, according to the crime review.

The 2013 total of serious crimes was the lowest in more than 50 years, according to the review, which states that a more detailed annual crime report will be released this spring.

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Violent crime was down by 21 percent last year from 2012 totals. Graphic courtesy Cambridge Police.

--brock.parker@globe.com

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