By Dan Murphy
As 2019 was drawing to a close, Charlestown had seen a 4-percent uptick in incidents of violent and property crime from the previous year.
According to Boston Police, 345 incidents of Part One crime were reported in Area 15 between Jan. 1 and Dec. 29, 2019 as opposed to 333 during the same timeframe in 2018.
Charlestown saw no homicides in 2019, com pared to one the previous year, while rapes and attempted rapes were down 70 percent as the number fell to three in 2019 from 10 the previous year.
Robberies and attempted robberies were down nearly 89 percent, dropping to four from 10 in 2018.
Domestic aggravated assaults spiked 113-percent as the number rose to 32 in 2019 from 15 the previous year while non-domestic aggravated assaults were down nearly 30-percent as the number fell to 31 from 44 in 2018.
Commercial burglaries were up nearly 67 percent, with five incidents in 2019, compared to three the previous year, while the rate of non-commercial burglaries dropped nearly 54 percent as the number fell to 12 in 2019 from 26 the previous year.
Other burglaries were also on the decline, with no incidents reported last year, compared to two in 2018.
Larcenies from motor vehicles saw a nearly 74-percent spike as the number climbed to 92 in 2019 from 53 the previous year while other larcenies were up around 5 percent, with 136 incidents as opposed to 129 in 2018.
The rate of auto theft also doubled as the number climbed to 30 from 15 in 2018.
Citywide, Part One crime was down 5 percent as the number of incidents fell to 17,342 in 2019 from 18,250 the previous year.