Melrose Police Department

Melrose Police Department Sees Almost 14 Percent Drop In Major Crimes In First Half of the Year

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Friday, July 24, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 978-769-5193

The graph depicts the change in FBI Part 1 Crimes from the first half of 2014 to the first half of 2015. “Current” represents 2015 and “Prior” corresponds to 2014.

Melrose Police Department Sees Almost 14 Percent Drop In Major Crimes In First Half of the Year

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to report that the Melrose Police Department saw an almost 14 percent drop in major crimes in the first half of 2015.

Known as FBI “Part 1 Incidents,” these crimes include murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson and motor vehicle theft.

The Department’s statistics are compared from the same time period — Jan. 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015.

This year’s numbers show no reported rapes, which is down from two documented cases at the same time in 2014. Aggravated assaults decreased by over 16 percent, with 10 incidents reported this year as opposed to 12 in 2014.

As of June 30, the city had seen 21 burglaries, a more than 19 percent drop from the 26 reported at the time last year. Larcenies decreased by about 14 percent from this period in 2014, from 107 to 92. Robberies are down as well, with five on record as opposed to six last year.

“These statistics certainly show a continued dedication to community policing by the Melrose Police Department,” Chief Lyle said. “I commend our officers, who come to work every day committed to making the community a safer place to live, work and visit. I am hopeful that the numbers will continue to decrease as the year progresses.”

There was a slight increase in motor vehicle thefts, nine this year, as opposed to eight at this time last year. Arson also went up, with two reported so far this year, as opposed to zero last year.

View the complete first half of the year’s statistics below.