BridgeStat - April 2012

Crime in Cambridge: 1/1/12 to 4/30/12

• Serious crime rose 25% in Cambridge when compared with the first four months of 2011 and registered a 9% hike when measured against the 5-year weighted average for this time frame. A major percentage of this surge can be attributed to the overall increase in larceny ( 29%), with 169 additional thefts reported when compared with the first 121 days of 2011. A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 201 additional property crimes recorded in the first 4 months of 2012 to post a 26% incline when compared with January 1st  to April 30th  of 2011.

• Larceny from MVs are fueling the increase in the property crime total. This property crime has risen 44% (63 additional incidents) above the 2011 total. A better barometer of this index crime’s rate is the 10% decline (23 fewer thefts) below the 5–year weighted average for breaks into cars. A high percentage of the thefts from vehicles occurred during the unseasonably mild January and February of this year, and when measured against the brutal winter of 2011, a  statistical aberration was the result.

• There was an escalation of Violent crimes of 16% (19 additional incidents) when compared to the first 4 months of last year and an uptrend of 8% when placed against the 5-year weighted average. A series of street robberies of college age males and females walking alone late at night has triggered the release of two community alerts since March 27th. The robbers have been unarmed but on occasion have been violent with the cell phones of the victims the primary target. 

View the full BridgeStat - April 2012 crime report (PDF).

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