In an effort to quell the perception that the Maplewood neighborhood has become increasingly unsafe, Ward 6 City Council Neil Kinnon, who represents the neighborhood, released statistics Tuesday that show a decrease in the ward's crime rate in recent months.
Incidents are down 18 percent from two years ago, according to the statement, which was released on Kinnon's Ward 6 Facebook page.
According to Kinnon's data, six streets -- Eastern Avenue, Broadway, Salem Street, Webster Street, Bowdoin Street, and Lisbon Street -- account for more than half of crime incidents, and 48 percent of violent incidents in 2010.
Kinnon said there are 70 streets in Ward 6, and "many if not most have no incidents occurring on them."
Burglary and larceny are both up 20 percent this year over last, Kinnon wrote in the statement, an uptick of 12 more incidents he attributed to people driven to desperation by the economy.
"This information generally confirms the trend is(was) headed in the right direction in Maplewood but because of budget constraints public safety is becoming more difficult," Kinnon wrote.
Over the last two years, the Malden Police Department has had its budget cut by 16 percent, he wrote.