Boston enjoying downward trend in some reported crimes, police say

Boston enjoying downward trend in some reported crimes, police say

BOSTON — Crime on the streets of downtown Boston is headed down, for the most part.

That's according to statistics from Boston Police, comparing this year to date to last year.

“The fact the numbers are down is great. The fact we still have some crime is not great so we’re gonna continue to make sure that people feel safe," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

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Walsh is happy to see the downward trend, and so are residents.

“It’s good to hear. I’d love to see more people feeling safe just walking around at night," said Tom Wagner.

Statistics show crime overall for the first four months of 2019, compared with the same period in 2018, are down 10 percent citywide.

That includes homicides, which are down 27 percent; robberies which are down 35 percent, and residential burglaries and auto thefts, which are each down 13 percent.

However, some crime has gone up.

Rapes and attempted rapes are up 2 percent, and domestic aggravated assault are up 1 percent.

Those increases, despite overall good news, means there's more work, according to the mayor.

“We’re down almost 25 percent from this time last year. But we still have work to do," Walsh said.

Mega Patel agrees. She lives on Massachusetts Avenue and thinks police should concentrate on that area.

"I do agree that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done especially around the Mass and Tremont area," Patel said.