BridgeStat - July 2011

Crime in Cambridge: 1/1/11 to 8/1/11

● Serious crime in 2011 continues to register below the level seen in 2010, but that decrease appears to be evening out. Compared to the first 30 weeks of 2010, there has been a 3% overall decline in crime this year, while compared to the 5-year weighted average, crime in 2011 is down 9%. The majority of the decrease can still be attributed to the overall decline in the index crime of Larceny, with 154 fewer thefts reported so far in 2011.

● A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 62 fewer property crimes recorded so far in 2011 to register a 4% decrease when compared with the first 7 months of last year. Property crimes registered a decline of 9% when measured against the 5-year weighted average for a time span between 1/1/11 and 8/1/11. Over the first 30 weeks of 2011, there have been 11 additional violent crimes reported in Cambridge, which translates to a 5% incline. When measured against the 5-year weighted average, violent crimes are 3% below this number.

● The decline of larceny from motor vehicles at 41% below the 5-year weighted average for this target crime continues to be the most positive indicator to report so far this year, despite recent increases in the 4-week comparisons.  There were 153 fewer thefts from vehicles through 8/1/11 when compared with the same time period in 2010.

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

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