BridgeStat- October 2011

Crime in Cambridge: 1/1/11 to 10/25/11

● Serious crime continues to wane in Cambridge as a 4% decline was recorded  when compared with the first forty-two weeks of 2010. Also of note, a  considerable drop of  9% was calculated when measured against the five-year weighted average of index incidents for this time frame. The majority of this decrease can be attributed to the overall decline in larceny (-10%) where there have been 208 fewer thefts reported in 2011.

● A detailed analysis of all statistics reveals that there have been 129 fewer property crimes recorded so far in 2011 to record a 5% decrease when compared with the first ten 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 10/25/11. Over the first forty-two weeks of 2011, there has been one additional violent crime (356 to 355) reported in Cambridge. When measured against the 5-year weighted average, violent crimes are 4% below the projected number of 369 for the time period from January 1st to October 25th, of this year.

● The decline of larceny from motor vehicles at 36% below the 5-year weighted average for this crime continues to drive the entire crime index on a downward spiral. There were 156 fewer thefts from vehicles through 10/25/11 when compared with the same time period in 2010. After generating an exceptionally low total of street robberies when compared with previous trends for the warm weather months in our City, this target crime spiked 67% when compared with the previous month and is considered an active, ongoing pattern at the present time.

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

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