(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)
Crime declined in the North End in 2012 while increasing modestly in some adjacent neighborhoods, Boston police said.
Addressing community members at the monthly North End Public Safety Meeting, officers from District A-1 said Part One crimes declined 10 percent in the North End in a year-to-year comparison between 2011 and 2012, while those crimes increased by 7 percent across the rest of the district, largely due to a string of larcenies.
District A-1 includes all of downtown Boston, Chinatown, the Leather District, the West End, and Beacon Hill; officers from the same station also serve District A-15, which covers Charlestown. Part One crimes include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
The year saw no homicides in the North End and only one sexual assault, the same as 2011, and similar numbers in most other categories. There were eight fewer residential burglaries and 15 fewer incidents of larceny from a motor vehicle in 2012 compared to 2011.
Overall, there were 25 fewer Part One crimes reported in the North End in 2012 than the year prior.
In December 2012, there were no reports of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, or breaking and entering in the North End. There were five automobiles reported stolen in the neighborhood and two arrests for disturbing the peace.
Two of the stolen cars were later recovered in Charlestown, police said.
Police said one of three reported larcenies was a theft at St. Leonard's Church in North Square by a man who had previously stolen from several other houses of worship.
“He’s got a thing for churches,” said Captain Thomas Lee.
Lee also said police had arrested a man suspected in a string of November burglaries in the North End. The man was caught in the act during another burglary, he said, this time in the South End.
The man has been charged with three burglaries and may face further charges if he can be connected with other burglaries.