• Crime rate reportedly reduced by 15 percent in Boston for 2013


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Crime rates in Boston reportedly dropped 15 percent in the first three months of 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012.

    Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told The Boston Globe he credits good police work and the snowy conditions Boston saw in January, February and March with the reduction in crime. Typically, bad weather keeps people inside and off the streets.

    According to the newspaper, between Jan. 1 and March 18 in 2013, there were seven murders compared with eight in 2012. Rapes and attempted rapes dropped by 25 percent; robbery by 7 percent; aggravated assaults by 16 percent; burglary by 8 percent; larceny by 17 percent; and vehicle theft by 14 percent.

    Despite the decrease in major crimes, gun-related arrests are on the rise with six related shooting deaths in Boston by March 18.

    Davis said police will continue to step up patrols and monitor hot spots for criminal activity as they brace for summer, which are the most dangerous months of the year.

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