The Boston Police Department released data Tuesday, June 18 showing that the crime rate citywide is down 8%, but a recent uptick in violent crime paints a bleaker picture. The BPD’s numbers show gun violence has been on the rise all over Boston, with 19 homicides with a firearm so far this year, compared to only 12 last year.
The number of firearm related arrests has also increased from 155 in 2012 to 190 this year.
Though gun violence shows an uptick overall, different neighborhoods show vastly different trends in other areas. The crime rate in Roxbury and West Roslindale (District E-5 on the BPD’s chart) fell 19% compared to last year, and the crime rate in Hyde Park is down by 18%. Yet in Allston/Brighton, the overall crime rate rose by 11%, with a big spike in robberies (from 36 last year to 47 this year) and burglaries (from 153 last year to 228 this year). Dorchester also saw a 1% increase in crime overall, with the biggest uptick in burglaries. These figures include attempted crimes.
The BPD report comes after the FBI released more discouraging numbers on June 3. According to their preliminary statistics, the nationwide crime rate rose in 2012 for the first time since 2006.
In an interview with NECN on the recent rash of gun violence in Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino pledged to deal with the problems at hand.
“Other cities are going through same thing,” he told NECN. “We have an issue, we’re going to deal with an issue straight on.”