Boston Area Crime Rates Down

Boston Area Crime Rates Down

Although Boston area citizens and visitors suffered major casualties and injuries as a result of the recent Boston Marathon bombing event, other basic crime statistic reports provide a significant ray of hope regarding a drop in overall crime rates. This statement is based on comparing the first quarter of 2013 to the same period of 2012.

The Boston Police Department’s (BPD) preliminary statistics reveal a 14% decrease in various crimes during the first few months of 2013 as compared to the same time period in 2012. The crimes covered by these statistics include violent crime and property crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft (these statistics also include the attempted form of these crimes – except for actual homicide and aggravated assault).

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Boston, Massachusetts: Recent Crime Data

Boston, Massachusetts: Recent Crime Data

In 2011, Boston employed 2,156 law enforcement officers to protect the public and investigate crimes. So, for every 1,000 residents, the city had 3.45 officers available – a ratio that was slightly higher than the state’s average of 2.52 officers. All of these professionals were sorely needed to combat the city’s overall violent crime index of 442.3, a rate considerably higher than the U. S. national average of 213.6 that same year.

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Bill To Reduce Solitary Confinement In Massachusetts Prisons

Bill to Reduce Solitary Confinement in Massachusetts Prisons

Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Elizabeth Malia have filed a bill in the Massachusetts Senate demanding a reduction in the length of solitary prison confinement time in line with the changes that have been brought about in other states. Their demands come in the wake of a series of similar bills that have been filed in other states like Florida and passed in Maine. Although the Massachusetts Senate has yet to approve the bill, support for the bill has already been heard from various quarters. So, it would not be irrelevant here to look into the issue of solitary prison confinement and the specific situation in Massachusetts.

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Unregistered Vehicle

Don't let a Mistake Lead to a Criminal Record! Arrested or Summonsed in Massachusetts for Operating an Unregistered Vehicle? A guilty finding in Massachusetts on a charge of operating an unregistered vehicle carries with it the penalties or a license suspension for 60 days,…

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Trespassing

Arrested in Massachusetts for Trespassing? Fight Back! Trespassing may seem like a relatively minor criminal charge, but there can be unfortunate life consequences for anyone who ends up with a permanent criminal record. A criminal conviction will show up on a…

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Threatening

Arrested for Threatening to Commit a Crime? The charge of threatening to commit a crime is surprisingly common in Massachusetts courtrooms. A good lawyer may have a number of opportunities to beat the charges since the evidence of the crime is often only…

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Suspended

Don't let a Massachusetts Criminal Charge Ruin your Life! Charged with Operating on a Suspended License or other Criminal Motor Vehicle Charge in Massachusetts? Being arrested on an Operating on a Suspended License charge is a difficult and humiliating experience,…

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Shoplifting Laws

Massachusetts Shoplifting Charge Info For an overview of Massachusetts shoplifting defense, see my complete and detailed shoplifting penalties page here. Shoplifting Legal Terms Asportation, Shoplifting by: Asportation simply means to carry away. Civil Relief: Retailers often try to get you to…

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Reckless Driving

Don't let a Massachusetts Reckless Driving Traffic Charge Give you a Criminal Record! Charged with Reckless Driving or other Criminal Motor Vehicle Charge in Massachusetts? Reckless driving is a criminal charge under Massachusetts traffic law. Under Massachusetts criminal statutes, "reckless driving" is…

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Probation

Probation

On Probation in Massachusetts? Need a Probation Hearing? Arrested for a Probation Violation? In my criminal defense practice, I handle probation surrender hearings and violations quite frequently. If you are in need of a lawyer to handle your probation surrender…

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Malicious Damage

Arrested in Massachusetts for Malicious Damage? Malicious damage of personal property is a charge that is usually associated with vandalism and graffiti, or a personal or domestic dispute that gets out of hand. It is sometimes known as criminal mischief.…

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Larceny

Don't Let a Criminal Larceny Charge Ruin Your Life! Arrested for Larceny or Shoplifting in Massachusetts? A Massachusetts theft, embezzlement or larceny charge can have serious consequences if not handled properly. The earlier you call me, the more I can do to…

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Indecent Assault

Indecent Assault is a serious charge in Massachusetts, carrying with it tremendous risks of severe penalties if not handled properly.  According to the Massachusetts Laws, Indecent Assault is when you place your hands on a person in an inappropriate or sexual…

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Disorderly Conduct

Arrested in Massachusetts for Disorderly Conduct or Disturbing the Peace? Under Massachusetts law, if you cause a disturbance which creates a public hazard, and serves no legitimate purpose, you can be charged with a disorderly person offense, also known as disorderly…

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Arraignment

What can you Expect at your Massachusetts Criminal Arraignment? If you've been arrested in Massachusetts, your first appearance in court on a criminal charge is the arraignment. This usually takes place the next business day after your arrest. At an…

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Fraud

Arrested for Fraud in Massachusetts? The crime of fraud in Massachusetts covers a wide variety of activities, from identity theft or unauthorized use of a credit card, to complex financial matters. A Massachusetts fraud charge can have serious consequences, and…

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Burglary

A Massachusetts burglary charge can have very serious consequences. For unarmed burglary, penalties can go up to 20 years in prison. If you are convicted as a repeat offender, the minimum sentence is 5 years in prison. An armed burglary…

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