BridgeStat - December 2011

Crime in Cambridge: 1/1/11 to 12/26/11

● Serious Crime slipped 1% when compared with the first 51 weeks of 2010 and posted a 5% decline when measured against the five-year weighted average for this time frame. The majority of this decrease can be attributed to the overall decline in larceny (4%) where there have been 100 fewer thefts reported in 2011. Projections that the crime index would fall below 3500 crimes this year were not realized due to a spike in larceny from buildings and packages thefts from residences during the holiday season.

● A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 42 fewer property crimes recorded so far in 2011 to register a 1% decrease when compared with this same time frame in 2010. Property crimes registered a decline of 5% when measured against the 5-year weighted average for a time span between 1/1/11 and 12/26/11. Through the third week of December of 2011, there have been seven fewer violent crimes reported in Cambridge, which translates to a 1% downward trend. When measured against the 5-year weighted average, violent crimes are 4% below the projected number of 454 incidents.

● The decline of larceny from motor vehicles at 31% below the 5-year weighted average for this target crime was a major factor in the falling crime rate.  There were 142 fewer thefts from vehicles through 12/26/11 when compared with the same time period in 2010. Further analysis of the 65% increase in commercial robberies so far in the 2011 reveals that the majority of this surge was linked to the 13 bank robberies between May and December that were part of a regional trend. 

View the full BridgeStat - December 2011 crime report (PDF).

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