Violent Crime Down 13% in Boston Over the Past Three Years

The Boston Police Department is pleased to report that violent crime is down again this year, with a 4% reduction while overall part one crime is down 6%.  This is the third year in row where both violent crime and property crime have seen decreases, making Boston one of the safest major cities of its size in the country.  

Violent crime, which includes Homicide, Rape, Attempted Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault, has dropped 13% since 2014.  The City recorded a 6% reduction in violent crime in 2014, followed by a 3% reduction in 2015 and a 4% reduction so far in 2016. 

Overall part one crime, which includes violent crime and property crimes such as Burglary, Larceny and Auto Theft, saw a combined decrease of nearly 20% over the past three years.  

Boston has seen a 3% increase (seven total incidents) of Rape or Attempted Rape over last year.  This follows a 22% reduction in such crimes last year (fifty-seven fewer incidents in 2015 compared to 2014). 

Homicides are up slightly this year over last. This comes after Boston recorded a ten year low thirty-eight homicides in 2015 compared to forty-one so far in 2016 and well below the ten year average of fifty-seven.

Non-fatal shooting incidents are also down this year compared to last year, with 8 fewer incidents in 2016 over 2015 and 9 fewer incidents than the 5 year average of 192. Remarkably these decreases were achieved while the total number of arrests in the city dropped 26% during this period.

 At a time when we are seeing crime rates on the rise around the country, Boston continues to experience a steady decrease in violent crime and property crime. “Keeping Boston safe is my number one priority,” said Commissioner William Evans.  “An increase in any category is of concern and my officers will continue to strive to ensure the safety of all who work, live and visit the city. We will continue to build strong relationships in the community because we see the value and impact they can have on reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

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Citizens Come to the Aid of BPD Officer Engaged in Violent Fight with Combative Suspect in Brighton

 

At about 6:30 PM on Tuesday December 6, 2016, an officer assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) ended up in a vicious fight after responding to The Skating Club of Boston located at 1240 Soldiers Field Road for a report of a suspicious person.  On arrival, the officer was informed by several witnesses that the suspect, later identified as Patrick Lowry, 45, of Belmont, was drinking an alcoholic beverage from an open container and had been seen urinating in plain view of several families who were coming and going from the skating rink.  The officer approached the suspect, who appeared to be homeless, and offered him a ride to a nearby shelter.  When the officer asked the suspect to empty the nearly full can of beer he was drinking from and throw it in the trash, he instead suddenly threw it at the officer, hitting him in the head above his left eye.  The suspect then immediately lunged at the officer, grabbing him, causing both men to fall to the ground and causing the officer to strike his head as they fell onto the pavement.   A violent struggle then ensued, with the suspect punching and kicking the officer several times.  During the fight, the suspect made several attempts to remove the officer’s gun from his holster.  The officer was able to retain custody of his weapon but lost his radio as the two fought on the ground, rendering him unable to call for assistance.  At this time, several witnesses stepped up and called 911, prompting an immediate response from additional units.  Even more remarkably, two witnesses came to the aid of the officer, attempting to physically restrain the combative suspect until back up arrived.  With the assistance of the additional responding units, the violent suspect was eventually placed in custody and then transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries he sustained as a result of his actions.  He was later released and booked in the usual manner.  The officer was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of head, neck and back injuries he sustained during the incident.  He was later released and is recovering at this time. 

The suspect will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot) on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Open & Gross Lewdness and Drinking an Alcoholic Beverage in Public.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank the members of the public who took action by calling 911 which enabled the necessary police response.   All too often, we have seen people react to similar situations in a negative manner by choosing instead to taunt and yell at officers who are engaged in the difficult pursuit of their lawful duties.  And while we do not encourage citizens putting themselves in harm’s way by getting physically involved in a violent situation, we realize that the two witnesses who engaged the suspect feared for the life of the officer and were compelled to risk their own personal safety to put a stop to this vicious attack.  We are grateful they were not harmed during the incident and thank them for their selfless actions.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is Seeking the Public’s Help to Identify an Individual in Relation to an Ongoing Criminal Investigation

The Boston Police Department is looking to identify the individual pictured above in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (617) 343-4826.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Community Alert: BPD Urges Caution After Breaking & Entering Reported in Boston's Bay Village Area

 

On Sunday December 4, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) took a report for a breaking and entering that occurred in the area of Piedmont Street in Bay Village.  The victims stated that an unknown person or persons entered their apartment at some point between 4:00 AM and 9:15 AM, taking several personal items before fleeing.  Both victims, who were home sleeping at the time of the break in, did not hear anything and there were no signs of forced entry.  It was not immediately clear if the front door had been locked prior to the incident.  District A-1 Detectives are currently investigating.

The Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked before leaving their homes or turning in for the night.  This also applies to your vehicle, be sure to double check that your car is secured and no valuables are in plain sight during this busy holiday shopping season.

 

Great Work Recognized: More than 50 Officers Honored at The 2016 Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ball

On Sunday December 4, 2016, The Irish Social Club of Boston hosted the 145th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ball honoring more than 50 recipients for their valiant actions in the line of duty over the past year.  Our thanks to everyone who made this special event possible and congratulations to all of our officers who were recognized for their great work.

 

PAL to Pals Soccer Game Decided in Shootout

On Friday, December 2, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) and the kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester met for the Boston Police Athletics/Activities League monthly sporting event as part of the PAL to Pals Initiative. This month's sport was soccer, and both teams played a great game that ended up being decided in a shootout. A fun time was had by all, and we give special thanks to Mike Joyce of the Boys and Girls Club and Bill Stoddard of PAL for making these events possible!

BPD Photo of the Day: Christmas Trolley Tour Brings Holiday Cheer and Smiles to the Faces of Boston Residents

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa Claus on the Christmas Trolley Tour around town. Along with several other members of the Boston Police Department and members of Santa's crew like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, the tour visited the good little girls and boys from all the different neighborhoods of Boston. The Commissioner was even caught trying to persuade Frosty and Rudolph to have Santa bring more presents to the kids who have been extra well-behaved this year!

MEDIA AVAILABILTY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 145th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ball

WHO:            Expected to Attend: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, Executive Director of the Boston Police Foundation Richard Parry, the Boston Police Department Command Staff, Members of the Clergy, family members of Boston Police Officers killed in the line of duty, and family and friends of award recipients.
 
WHAT:          The Boston Police Relief Association is set to host their 145th Awards Ball. Social hour begins at 1:00 PM with Dinner at 2:00 PM followed by the Awards Ceremony. Approximately 52 recipients will receive medals and awards for their valiant actions in the line of duty over the past year.

WHEN:          Sunday, December 4, 2016 starting at 1:00 PM.

WHERE:       The Irish Social Club of Boston, 119 Park Street, West Roxbury.

CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Suspect in Shooting Incident, Recover Firearm Used in Crime

At about 3:08 PM on Friday, December 2, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 6 Kenilworth Street, Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers observed what appeared to be a bullet hole in a shattered front door. Officers quickly secured the scene, canvassed the area for witnesses and evidence, and secured possible video surveillance footage. After gathering evidence and speaking with the victim who had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, officers were able to identify a suspect, 29-year-old Darell Burns of Roxbury.

Officers responded to Burns’ residence and placed him under arrest. Officers were also able to recover the pink and black SCCY CPX-1 firearm used in the crime. Burns was charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Firearm Discharged within 500 Ft. of a Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Death Investigation in the Area of Alpine and River Streets, Mattapan

 

At about 12:12 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle accident in the area of Alpine and River Streets, Mattapan.

Upon arrival, officers observed that a vehicle had collided with a residence and the operator of the vehicle, a male in his twenties, was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male was pronounce deceased at the scene. Officers later determined that the original shooting incident occurred in the area of Tileston and Rosemont Streets.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Recover Three Firearms after Shots Fired in Roxbury

At about 1:30 AM on Friday, December 2, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 13 McGreevey Way.

On arrival, officers observed three males attempting to flee the scene in a motor vehicle. Upon seeing the approaching officers, two of the males fled on foot and the third took off in the SUV. A short distance away, the SUV collided with a responding Wentworth police cruiser before crashing into a parked car. The operator of the car continued to flee the scene on foot as officers pursued. After a brief chase, the operator was apprehended when officers found him hiding in a dumpster. Officers found that the operator, 20-year-old Trevon Bell of Brighton, had an outstanding arrest warrant for Assault with Intent to Murder. Bell was arrested and also charged with Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Car), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Causing Personal Injury, and Resisting Arrest. Bell will be arraigned at Roxbury District Court. The two additional suspects made good their escape; they are both described as black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

After retracing the flight path of the suspect, officers recovered a black Glock 30 firearm, as well as several pieces of ballistic evidence from the scene of the shooting. The Wentworth police officer injured in the vehicle collision was transported to a Boston area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Approximately 8 hours later, at about 9:15 AM, officers received a second 911 call from a concerned citizen for a recovered firearm in the same area that the officers had pursued the suspect earlier that morning. Officers responded and were shown to the location of a discarded firearm. Officers canvassed the area for additional evidence and located yet a third firearm that also appeared to be discarded. Officers secured and processed both loaded firearms, one Colt Mustang and one Taurus PT99AF 9mm.

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One Less Gun: Neighborhood DCU Arrests Two, Recovers Illegal Firearm after Struggle with Suspect

At about 5:55 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2016, members of the District C-11 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation resulting in a firearm arrest in the area of 515 Gallivan Boulevard.

While surveilling the area, officers observed a drug transaction between the occupants of a motor vehicle. Officer stopped the vehicle in the area of 630 Adams Street and placed 21-year-old Jamari Manning of Dorchester under arrest for Distribution of Class D Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. As the officers attempted to have the operator, 21-year-old Brandon L. Ruelas of Dorchester, exit the vehicle, he pushed the officers and attempted to flee. During a violent physical struggle, a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber firearm fell from Ruelas’s shirt. Officers were ultimately able to apprehend Ruelas and secure the firearm. Ruelas was arrested and charged with Distribution of Class D Drugs, Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and firearm related charges. Ruelas was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Quincy District Court for Malicious Damage and Threats.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, December 2, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, December 1, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Great Work Recognized: Boston Police Officer Honored for Her Quick Response and Courageous Actions to Prevent a Bank Robbery While Working a Paid Detail in West Roxbury

Yesterday afternoon, on Wednesday November 30, 2016, the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston Credit Union recognized Officer Leoutrah Tabb for her actions in the line of duty on Thursday October 27, 2016, when a would be bank robber entered the Credit Union located at 77 Spring Street in West Roxbury.   Officer Tabb, a 31 year veteran assigned to District E-5, was working a paid detail at the bank when the suspect, a 51 year old male from Dorchester, walked in wearing a mask over his face and carrying a bag in his hand.  When Officer Tabb observed him enter, she instructed him to remove the mask to which he responded, “You give me your gun…”  She quickly declined and instead repeated her verbal commands to the suspect.  After a brief standoff, not knowing if a weapon was inside the bag, Officer Tabb ripped it out of the suspect’s hand at which time he fled on foot out of the bank.  She followed the suspect to the rear of the building where she observed the suspect flee the scene in a small red sedan.  During the brief foot pursuit, Officer Tabb had been broadcasting over her radio which prompted a response from additional units.  The first to arrive on scene was a Boston Police Captain who stopped to pick up the detail officer on Spring Street near Springvale Avenue.  The two officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle a short time later in the area of Baker Street near Spring Street.  As the officers approached the suspect vehicle, he immediately opened the driver’s side door and put his hands in the air at which time he was taken into custody without further incident.  It was later determined that the suspect did not possess a valid driver’s license and the car he was operating had been reported stolen.  The suspect was later arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Attempt to Commit a Crime, Attempted Robbery, Receiving Stolen Property and Operating without a License.

For her courageous actions to protect the lives and property of the employees and members of the Credit Union, Officer Leoutrah Tabb was presented with a Commissioner’s Commendation from the Boston Police Department and a special award of recognition from the City of Boston Credit Union.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

BPD Reminds Residents of Safety Tips for the Delivery of Packages as the Shopping Season Enters Full Swing

During the holiday season, the Boston Police Department advises residents to be aware of delivery packages being stolen from homes. With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to take this time to remind our residents to protect themselves from being targeted.

Tips to protect yourself from a home delivery theft:

  • Send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that the friend is ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings. 
  • Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). While we can't promise that this service is available, there are companies that will hold a package for up to 5 days. 
  • Request that your package is marked "signature required." This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you're available to retrieve the package. You could also put a note on your door, requesting the deliverer go to your next door neighbor for the signature.  
  • Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of the house, so that the package is out of sight from the road. Ask the delivery person to take and discard the note with him/her or leave it with the package. 
  • Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when your package is scheduled to arrive. 
  • Have the items shipped to the nearest store for "in-store pick up." 
  • If you have an understanding boss, have your packages delivered to you at work.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Community Service Officers of your district. These simple tips can help make the holidays much less stressful and protect your deliveries. Have a safe and happy holiday!!!