Wednesday, June 26, 2013
ResiStat Recap: Crime Stats
Crime stats have always been highly anticipated by residents and, this year, was a continuance of the decrease that Somerville has experienced for the past few years with the exception of two areas.
An increase in burglaries was due to a string of incidents in Wards 5, 6, and 7 committed by the same perpetrator. This person has since been apprehended and the amount of these crimes has subsequently declined.
Police Chief Tom Pasquarello reminded attendees to keep lawn furniture and barrels away from first floor windows to deter criminals from being able to access your home. He also asked that residents lock all doors and windows and keep valuables out of sight in cars.
One distinct increase is in the rape section of the Crime Stats. When asked by a resident about the surge, Chief Pasquarello explained that all four rapes were thoroughly investigated, but that no charges were filed by the Attorney General’s Office.