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BridgeStat - February 2012

Crime in Cambridge: 1/1/12 to 2/27/12

● In last month’s BridgeStat, we paraphrased the old saying that “rain is the policeman's best friend” in combating crime, well so are major snow storms. Over the first 2 months of 2011, 72 inches of snow fell Cambridge. Through the first 7 weeks of 2012, snowfall in the City has been recorded at 7 inches. The mild weather and lack of snow cover have had a significant effect in the rate of thefts from vehicles and stolen bikes in the City so far in 2012.

● Serious crime jumped 33% when compared with the first 2 months of 2011, and posted a 9% increase when measured against the 5-year weighted average for this timeframe. The majority of this increase can be attributed to the overall increase in larceny (45%) where there have been 113 additional thefts reported above the period between January 1st to February 26th of 2011. Larceny from MVs jumped 90%. Last winter the majority of cars in Cambridge were buried under 70 inches of snow. A better barometer of this index crime’s rate is the 1% (one crime) above the 5–year weighted average for larceny from motor vehicles. The 17 bikes stolen in January represented the highest total assigned to a winter month for this crime in recent memory. Bike theft leveled off in February, with only 6 being stolen, but statistically it is still 283% above last year when Cambridge resembled Moscow on the Charles.

● A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 125 additional property crimes recorded in the first 2 months of 2012 to register a 38% increase when compared with January 1st to February 26th of 2011. Violent crimes registered a slight rise of 6% (three additional incidents) when measured versus the first 2 months of last year and declined by 3% when placed against the 5-year weighted average.  When compared with the previous 4-week period, robbery fell 40% with no discernible patterns identified.

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

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