MBTA reports overall drop in crime so far in 2014
BOSTON (AP) — The MBTA is reporting a drop in the overall rate of serious crime during the first six months of the year, though the number of aggravated assaults on the Boston-area transit system was higher than in the same period a year ago.
According to crime statistics released by transit police, 384 serious crimes were committed between Jan. 1 and June 30, compared to 395 over the first six months of 2013.
While the number of simple assaults has fallen by 22 percent, there was a 38 percent jump in aggravated assaults in which some type of weapon was used.
MBTA police chief Paul MacMillan tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1n60VH6 ) there is no obvious explanation for the increase.
The T says robberies, including thefts of smartphones, were down 28 percent from a year ago.