BridgeStat - September 2011

Crime in Cambridge: 1/1/11 to 9/27/11

● Serious Crime slipped 5% when compared with the first nine months of 2010 and posted an impressive 9% decline when measured against the 5-year weighted average for this time frame. The majority of this decrease can be attributed to the overall decline in larceny (-11%) where there have been 217 fewer thefts reported in 2011.

● A detailed analysis of all statistics indicates that there were 132 fewer property crimes recorded so far in 2011 to record a 6% decrease when compared with the 9 months of last year. Property crimes registered a decline of 10% when measured against the 5-year weighted average for a time span between 1/1/11 and 9/27/11. Over the first 9 months of 2011, there have been 8 fewer violent crimes reported in Cambridge, which translates to a 3% downward turn. When measured against the 5-year weighted average, violent crimes are 7% below the projected number of 330 for the time period from January 1st to September 27th.

● The decline of larceny from motor vehicles at 39% below the 5-year weighted average for this target crime continues to drive the entire crime index on a downward spiral.  There were 170 fewer thefts from vehicles through 9/27/11 when compared with the same time period in 2010. The majority of property crimes were down when measured against the previous four week period with the expected spike in larceny from person (50%) coinciding with the return of students in Harvard Square.

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

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