BridgeStat - January 2014

Serious crime in Cambridge plunged like the temperature during the first month of 2014 when measured against the same time period in 2013, diving 29% with 76 fewer crimes reported. Compared against the five-year weighted average for this same time frame, a 32% decline (88 fewer Part 1 incidents below the projected average) has been recorded. The majority of this decrease can be attributed to the overall drop in Larceny (-37%), with 74 fewer thefts counted when contrasted with the same time period in 2013. The fact that there were 15 days in January where the temperature did not reach 32 degrees may have possibly driven large reductions in larceny from motor vehicles (-52%), thefts of bicycles (-73%), and larceny from persons (-43%).

A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 77 fewer property crimes registered during January of 2014, which translates to a 33% decrease when measured against the 2013 statistics. Violent crime rose 4% during the first month of 2014 with one additional crime reported.

When measuring the serious crime totals versus the previous month of December 2013, there was a slight 2% increase in the number of index crimes, with three additional incidents in January.

View the full BridgeStat - January 2014 crime report (PDF).

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