Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Despite a recent 'vicious' attack on a woman walking home from the subway, officials say there have not been many more robberies than usual in the neighborhood.
A recent attack on a woman walking home from the T station has spurred much talk in Charlestown lately about public safety and increased crime. But Boston Police officials say, numbers wise, crime is actually down in the neighborhood. Charlestown experienced four robberies in the month of November, including an incident on Nov. 24 in which a local woman walking home from the MBTA station was attacked—sprayed with mace and punched and her purse stolen. Though the most recent incident was especially violent, Boston Police Captain Tom Lee said it does not necessarily signal a trend of violence in the area. “You get one vicious robbery like that and people say the neighborhood’s not safe,” Lee said, addressing public safety concerns at a …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Crime down Boston-wide
Crime in Charlestown continues to trend lower in 2012 when compared to 2011—and has seen the sharpest decline in the city—according to statistics released this week by the Boston Police Department. The data shows crime information through July 22. During that period, crime in the neighborhood has been down by 19 percent. That decrease impacted most categories of crime—except for robberies and aggravated assaults. Police recorded 21 robberies and attempted robberies so far in 2012, compared to 17 in the same period of 2011. Burglaries have been a couple ticks down compared to last year’s numbers, with 31 recorded by July 22 in 2012 compared to 36 in 2011. The biggest declines came in vehicle theft—down by about a third—and all other theft, …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Crime went up 11% in Charlestown in 2011, but is apparently down overall from spikes in past years. Do you feel safe in The Town?
The statistics are in, and they aren't too pretty. Charlestown saw the largest crime increase of any Boston neighborhood by far, with its 11% jump in crime far exceeding Hyde Park's 1% jump and the overall decreases in crime in all other neighborhoods of Boston. Patch has an article with the details, but we want to know what you think. Is The Town more or less safe than it was when you grew up? Are these statistics par for the course in Charlestown? Or are the murders of two men, the muggings and robberies that recently took place, and the 25% increase in thefts (up to 432 from 345) a sign of things getting worse? Let us know in the comments!