JRSA Forum. March 2014. Volume 32, Number 1.

SAC Tracks Violent and Property Crimes in Massachusetts Over 25 Years

The Massachusetts SAC/Research and Policy Analysis Division published two annual briefs in February: Violent Crime in Massachusetts: A 25-Year Retrospective, Annual Policy Brief (1988-2012)and Property Crime in Massachusetts: A 25-Year Retrospective, Annual Policy Brief (1988-2012).

The purpose of the Briefs is to increase public awareness of the nature and prevalence of violent and property crime in the Commonwealth by analyzing data over a 25-year period. The state data are also examined within the context of national trends during the same time frame.

The briefs examine the volume and rates of violent and property crime categories utilizing data from 363 law enforcement agencies that voluntarily submitted crime statistics during calendar year 2012 to the Massachusetts Crime Reporting Unit. Two hundred ninety-nine agencies, or 82% of those that reported, utilized the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and 64 agencies, or 18%, reported via the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Highlights

(-33%) and aggravated assault (-4%).

violent crime graph


property crime graph