By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
According to the latest crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), residents and police have seen a decline in several crime categories the last three years, including steady decreases in violent crimes, robberies, aggravated assaults and larcenies from 2013 through the latest statistical year, 2015.
At the same time, the population of Everett, as reported to the FBI, has risen in each of the last three years from 42,966 in 2013 to 44,898 in 2015.
The annual Crime in the United States report does not provide any information to explain why the numbers of reported crimes may increase or decrease from year to year, it simply records the numbers of reported crimes in a variety of categories.
However, the trends of decreasing crimes across several categories should be considered good news for the city, even if some other crime categories saw increases over the same time frame.
According to the last three years of records, the city is relatively safe from murders, with only one murder in 2012, none reported in 2014 and two in 2015.
Meanwhile, reported rapes in the city have fluctuated from 19 in 2013, to just 10 in 2014 and back up to 20 in 2015.
However, most of the other major crime categories saw decreases in each year indicating that either policing methods are working, or fewer people are reporting crimes or perhaps some combination of the two.
Here is the list of eight major crime statistics compiled from 2013 through 2015.
(See Crime Stats table sent separately)