Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Southbridge Crime: 30th Out Of 351 Communities In Massachusetts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its 2013 crime statistics in November, breaking down data on a state by state -- and community - basis. Nationally in 2013, every crime category saw decreases. The information reported includes violent crimes such as murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery.

Of the top 50 most violent cities and towns in Massachusetts, nine belonged to Worcester County.

Across the country, the FBI's 2013 "Crime in the United States" report shows that the estimated number of violent crimes decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. There were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes in the United States reported to law enforcement last year.

In Massachusetts, there were 25,789 violent crimes reported to law enforcement. 

In Worcester County, the number of violent crimes reported was 3,461. Of those violent crimes, there were 2,540 cases of aggravated assault, 666 robberies, 242 forcible rapes, and 13 total cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter.


  1. Are these high numbers representative of our actually having more crime, or does this suggest that we have an extraordinarily capable Police force that solves more crimes than most communities.

    Also, does this represent reported crimes or actual convictions?

    1. Currently accepted specifications, manuals, and forms on UCR Program Data Collections are available on

      In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.

      The data presented in Crime in the United States reflect the Hierarchy Rule, which requires that only the most serious offense in a multiple-offense criminal incident be counted. The descending order of UCR violent crimes are murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, followed by the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Although arson is also a property crime, the Hierarchy Rule does not apply to the offense of arson. In cases in which an arson occurs in conjunction with another violent or property crime, both the arson and the additional crime are reported.

    2. So when local police are less than enthusiastic about doing something about a reported crime, probly it isn't" being lazy or corrupt, but instead just looking down the road for better PR for Southbridge.

  2. When has the SPD ever been "less than enthusiastic" about doing something about a reported crime? Seriously. Be thankful for our very capable Police Department which is neither lazy nor corrupt.

    1. observation/commentDecember 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Really, more than half the people in Spencer were in shock when the Spencer Police Dept. was shut down and replaced by the State Police for a number of years. If it happened here, it would not be a tragedy.

      As I recall, a special report was issued after an investigation was conducted regarding the Southbridge Police over ten years ago, but many believe it is almost as bad today and in other ways worse.You askedwhen- that report makes it clear.

      In defence of our local Police, you can't really blame them for keeping their hands in their pockets and looking the other way when the Court does so little after they do their job and arrest criminals..

      The Informant program is also a part of the problem, but when you see a cop Dr driving a Lincoln it doesn't help their image. Maybe we pay too much, maybe they marry wealthy wives. I know for every bad cop we have two good ones.

    2. That ten year old report was not about cops failing to arrest bad people. It was about cops arresting and setting up people for crimes they did not commit.

      It is sort of too bad that Ken O. Is a protector of people's reputation bc there are three cops in particular I would love to name and give details of their crookedness. IMHO these three are over half the problem..

      I rather have cops let the bad guys go than set up good guys. Things will get better when the politician leaves.


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