Crime was down 12 percent in Jamaica Plain for 2020

Domestic aggravated assault and car breaks were up

The Boston Police Department released its year end crime stats for District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and overall Part One Crime was down 12 percent for 2020. 

Part One Crimes are the more serious crimes the Boston Police track and while these crimes were down when comparing Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019 with the same time period for 2020, domestic aggravated assault and car breaks were up. 

In 2019 there were 41 domestic aggravated assaults reported in Jamaica Plain but that number increased to 55 for 2020–a 34 percent increase. 

“There is no excuse for domestic violence,” said the BPD in a statement. “With community members encouraged to stay home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Boston Police Department recognizes the impact that COVID-19 is having on families in our community and the fact that some may find themselves confined with an abuser.  This isolation can mean danger for some members of our City. Make no mistake, you are not alone and no one deserves to be abused. To those in need of help, there are resources available to you. Please reach out if you, or someone you know, is in need of help or safety planning.  In the case of an emergency, CALL 9-1-1.”

Police said residents can also contact Domersitc Violence organizations like the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence; Association of Haitian Women in Boston/ Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston (AFAB); Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC); Casa Myrna Vasquez; or the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). 

In 2019 there were 150 larcenies from a motor vehicle but that number jumped 40 percent to 210 for 2020. 

It seems the number of motor vehicle largencies, an opportunistic crime that only takes seconds to pull off, is up all over Boston. Citywide the number had gone from 2,713 in 2019 to 3,348 for 2020, a 23.4 percent increase. 

As for other Part One Crimes in E-13 homicides remained at 4 for both 2019 and 2020; Rape or Attemped Rape was up from 9 to 10; Robbery or Attempted Robberty was up from 51 to 59; Non-Domestic Aggravated Assault was down from 113 to 79; Commercial Burglaries were up slightly from 15 to 18; Residential Burglaries were down from 114 to 43; other Larcencies were down from 360 to 289; and Auto Theft was down from 46 to 43. 

Overall there were 810 total Part One Crimes in Jamaica Plain, down from the 909 reported during 2019. 

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