Some South Shore communities see uptick in property crime
Patriot Ledger - 11/12/2014
Violent crime has also been down across Massachusetts. The numbers hit a 35-year low in 2012 before increasing slightly last year. Massachusetts police departments reported a total of 137 murders and non-negligent homicides last year. There were 121 murders reported in 2012, a 16-year low.
James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University, cautioned against reading too much into any one year of crime statistics. It’s impossible to prove that a single cause is behind any change in crime trends, and some communities may see an increase one year only because rates have fallen so far in recent decades that it would be difficult for them to fall any further, Fox said.
“It’s not that anybody’s doing anything wrong,” he said. “It’s just that they’ve become a victim of their own success.”