A significant decline in shooting incidents and homicides is driving an overall drop in serious crimes across the city, according to an analysis of statistics disclosed by the Boston Police Department this week. Overall, there have been 36 fewer victims of shootings reported year-to-date (through Nov. 12) compared to the same time period in 2022. In total, there have been 129 victims of gunshots in 2023 as compared to 165 in the same period last year.
There have also been six fewer gun deaths reported, according to the BPD. There have been 33 homicides in Boston in 2023 through Sunday, four fewer than last year.
Gun-related arrests are also down. There were 546 last year, as opposed to 472 so far in 2023, according to the same database. The cumulative citywide crime rate is down one percent over last year, according to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which published reports of crime stats.
Overall crime is down in all four of the distinct police districts that include parts of Dorchester — C-11 (-1 percent), B-3 (15 percent), B-2 (-12 percent), and C-6 (-1 percent).
There was a significant increase in overall crime in one BPD district, D-4, which includes the South End and the hard-hit Mass. & Cass section of the city. There has been an 18 percent increase in reported incidents in that part of the city this year, according to the same report.