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Number of homicides up in Roxbury

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 7, 2013 02:00 PM

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Although crime rates continue to fall across the city, the number of homicides in District B-2, which covers Roxbury, are almost double what they were at this time last year, according to the most recent data provided by the Boston Police Department.

Sixteen homicides were reported in the area between January 1 and September 30, up from the nine homicides committed during the same time period last year.

See a map of 2013 homicides in Boston.

Shootings are also up city-wide with 206 fatal and non-fatal shootings occurring between January 1 and September 30, compared to the 198 at this time last year.

For most of the other police districts in the city of Boston, excluding E-5 (West Roxbury/Roslindale), E-13 (Jamaica Plain), and A-15 (Charlestown), homicide rates are down.

Thirty-four homicides were committed in the city of Boston between January 1 and September 30, compared to the 41 homicides committed during the same time period last year.

District B-3, which includes Mattapan and Dorchester, has seen the most significant drop in its homicide rate with only four homicides committed this year, compared to the 11 committed during the same time period time last year.

Overall crime is down city-wide including rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and larceny. Vehicle theft, however, is slightly up since this time last year.

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