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Massachusetts Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for Massachusetts. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how Massachusetts compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for Massachusetts, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 1,902,000 total crimes reported in Massachusetts (300,628 of them violent). Of the 190,200 crimes that transpire each year in Massachusetts, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Massachusetts every 2 minutes. This includes 1,588 murders, 17,433 rapes, and over one million thefts (including 218,049 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Massachusetts for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Massachusetts has diminished by 9 per-cent. In the course of the same period, violent crime dropped by 17 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow drop off in crime over the last 10 years in Massachusetts. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to one hundred and seventy-eight thousand for Massachusetts in 2009.

Crime Trends in Massachusetts (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Massachusetts (1999-2008)

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Massachusetts law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Massachusetts conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.