Rate of major crime in Boston drops to decade low

The rate of major crime in Boston has dropped 9 percent between 2014 and 2015, to the lowest point in a decade, according to The Boston Globe. Nonfatal shootings in the city have risen by 17 percent.

The number of homicides, robberies, residential burglaries, rapes, auto thefts, and larcenies all lowered between 2014 and 2015, with arrests dropping 15 percent, according to the Globe. Nonfatal shootings in the city have risen by 17 percent. Nationally, the FBI says the rate of violent crimes has also fallen well below a 2005 high.

Activists told the Globe they attribute the city’s dip to an increase in police visibility, trauma treatment, and departmental community engagement efforts, particularly with local teens.

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“We’re doing our best to make these gains by keeping kids out of the system, and giving them jobs and opportunities,’’ Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans told the Globe. “We can’t lock kids up to achieve what we’re doing.’’

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