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Boston Crime Analysis
Boston is a large city which is located in Massachusetts. The estimated population of Boston in July of 2008 was 645,169 (City Data, 2011). Crime within the city of Boston has over the years been steadily declining. Though most major crimes in the FBI crime index have shown small percentages of decline from previous years, there are some areas of crime such as burglary that have shown an increase over the years. As the population of Boston increases it is essential that the levels of crime within the city are analyzed to reduce the levels of criminal activity while providing a safe community for citizens to reside in.

Boston Crime Analysis

Amanda McGuire

CJA 354 Criminal Law

January 23, 2012

Boston Crime Analysis

Boston is a large city which is located in Massachusetts. The estimated population of Boston in July of 2008 was 645,169 (City Data, 2011). Crime within the city of Boston has over the years been steadily declining. Though most major crimes in the FBI crime index have shown small percentages of decline from previous years, there are some areas of crime such as burglary that have shown an increase over the years. As the population of Boston increases it is essential that the levels of crime within the city are analyzed to reduce the levels of criminal activity while providing a safe community for citizens to reside in.

Homicide

For the large population of Boston the murder rate has been effectively addressed due to the continued decrease in the number of murders and arrest rates. In 2006 there were 75 murders in Boston which has been reduced down to 50 in the year 2009 with the downside of only half of these murders resulting in an arrest (City Data 2011). Boston has recognized a trend in murders being gang related and have since increased their efforts in targeting gangs to further reduce the number of homicides (McKee, 2010).

Rape

Over the years the crime statistics pertaining to rape cases have been continually declining. The number of rape cases is estimated to be more than double what is reported each year based on the fact that many rape cases go unreported due to embarrassment, fear, or the belief that the victim brought this act upon themselves (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, 2009). According to the Boston Police Department, in 2009 the number of rape cases reported total was 269 while only 12 arrests were made based on these 269 reports. Recently in Boston, a teenage boy was convicted of raping two young boys aged 5 and 7 (Morse, 2011). Due to the large emotional strain put on these two young boys the parents did not allow the children to testify against the accused and the teenage boy walks free (Morse, 2011).

Robbery

The robberies in Boston have been showing a decrease compared to 2007 when robberies were down to 2,242 (Boston Police Department, 2011). The current rate of robberies is at 2300 which is a large increase between 2007 and 2009. There has been a large string of robberies in Boston which the police have been attempting to solve. Within one month in Boston had experienced three bank robberies and one store robbery, all suspected to be committed by the same individual (Scripps TV, 2010).

Aggravated Assault

The Boston definition of aggravated assault is not defined by the FBI. The FBI describes the aggravated assault as “an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury” though this assault is often accompanied by a weapon or means that can result in death or great harm; there is not a need for injury to be present from the weapon (Patton, 2008). Boston requires the accused to be in a rage due to the victim who tempted the accused to the point where the accused is expected to use deadly force and knowingly attack the victim (Patton, 2008). So although the rate of aggravated...
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