Let’s recap crime in the city over the past few weeks:
1. The chief of police gives a long response regarding a stupid Research Bureau report that no one will pay attention to. But he cannot comment on any open investigations.
3. We just had a vice squad sweep of Main South that netted four women and two men. Because obviously women are the problem.
I used the UCR tools to create a spreadsheet of Worcester crime statistics from 1997-2010. (Note that 2010 is the last full year reported to UCR.)
According to the Telegram, “the number of uniformed positions in the Worcester Police Department is down 11 percent since the late 1990s, with 64 fewer positions since 1998, a decline of 11 percent.”
When I look at UCR, Worcester also declined in violent crime by 11 percent between 1998 to 2010. Property crime was down nearly 24 percent between 1998 and 2010.
Statistics don’t tell the whole story, and they can be unreliable.
And I don’t really have a lot of patience for wholesale police-bashing or “WORCESTER IS A CRIME-RIDDEN HELLHOLE” Telegram.comments.
But our decision-makers would do well to move away from the typical knee-jerk responses when it comes to police staffing levels or responses to multiple homicides in the same vicinity.