BridgeStat - January 2012

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

● There's an old saying that rain is the policeman's best friend in combating crime, well so are major snow storms. Through January of 2011, 60 inches of snow had already fallen in Cambridge; this winter our shovels are covered with cobwebs. The result: major increases have been realized across the board for robbery and all the classifications of larcenies, including: from buildings, motor vehicles, persons, residences and bicycles.

● Serious crime soared 36% when compared with the first month of 2011 and posted a 14% increase when measured against the five-year weighted average for this timeframe. The majority of this increase can be attributed to the overall increase in larceny (51%) where there have been 68 additional thefts reported above January of 2011. Larceny from person jumped 200% with a surge in dipper activity in Harvard Square. The seventeen bikes stolen in January accounted for a 467% increase, no doubt because of the warmer weather, representing the highest total assigned to a winter month for this crime in recent memory.

● A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 67 additional property crimes recorded in the first month of 2012 to register a 36% increase when compared with January of 2011. Violent crimes registered an incline of 7% when measured against the 5-year weighted average for previous Januarys. Through the fourth week of January 2012, there was an increase of eight violent crimes reported in Cambridge, which translates to a 35% upward swing.

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

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