Overall Crime Down in Boston, But Murders Up Significantly

Murders jumped 50% in Boston during the first half of this year compared to last, while overall crime is down 5%, according to statistics released by police last month. Between Jan. 1 and June 10, 24 people were killed in the city—8 more than the 16 murdered in the first six months of 2017.

“Five of them have been stabbings, which is very unusual for us,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “We’re working very hard to keep the homicide rate down. We seem to get bursts of them, then we’ll go five weeks without any.”

There have been 19 fatal shootings this year, compared to just 12 in 2017. However, non-fatal shootings dropped dramatically, from 78 last year to 57 this year. Robberies also fell from 597 in 2017 to 520 in the same period this year, while residential burglaries went from 685 to 580. Many credit advances in technology, including computerized car locks and home-security systems for the decrease in crime.

Sexual assaults also recorded significant drops, according to crime data released by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.

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