Boston & Quincy Criminal Defense Attorneys
Physical and cultural geography has a lot to do with the types of arrests most commonly reported in a given location. According to recently released statistics from the Boston Police Department, local weather conditions may also play a significant role in influencing crime rates.
Here’s what the Boston PD’s data says about recent crime rates:
- From January 1 st to March 8 th of this year, the Boston Police Department reported a 33 percent drop in serious crime when compared to the same time period in 2014.
- The homicide rate in Boston fell from 14 during this time frame last year to 5 so far this year.
- Rape and attempted rape fell from 44 in 2014 to 19 this year.
Officials and experts are speculating that a lot of this reduction in crime has to do with the bitter cold and record-setting snow Boston has seen this winter. For example, law enforcement officials reported a considerable drop in auto thefts. In February, Boston saw nearly eight feet of snow.
Seasonal trends for crimes have been studied for quite some time, and there is a significant amount of data to support the idea that certain crimes do happen more frequently during certain times of year – although it’s not always compelling evidence or always the case all the time.
According to a report on seasonality and crime from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, many crimes saw differences between the highest and lowest seasonal rates of roughly 10%. Still, crimes like burglary, motor vehicle theft, and certain violent crimes do tend to happen in the summer more than other times of year.
At Keegan Law, our criminal defense attorneys are always prepared to respond immediately to local individuals who need counsel and representation following an arrest – no matter the time of year, or time of day. If you have questions about your rights, defense, and what our experienced legal team can do to protect your freedom and future, contact us today for a FREE and confidential consultation.
We’re ready to review your case and explain how we can help anywhere throughout Boston, Quincy, or the surrounding areas of Massachusetts.