Taking a look at crime in Southborough

Southborough police cruiser

Last week I asked you how many arrests you thought the Southborough Police Department made in 2008. The answer? 107.

The majority of folks who voted in the poll — thirty-five percent — got that one right (see how others voted here). Perhaps that’s because you’re good guessers, or maybe it’s because the information was published in this year’s annual town report, in which case, cheaters.

Statistics from the annual report show the police logged over 10,000 incidents in 2008, the majority of which were building or patrol checks (58%), traffic violations (15%), and burglar alarm calls (6%).

Only about 3% of the incidents were crimes against people or property. That doesn’t sound like much, but in the report, the department said such crimes were on the rise in 2008. Here’s how it broke down (click to enlarge):

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Notice the one homicide? That’s the Southville Road car accident from last December that resulted in the death of a Framingham High student. Two people were indicted on murder, assault, and other charges related to the crash. It was the town’s first homicide since 1974.

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Dale
13 years ago

I believe someone was charged with motor vehicle homocide in 1996 after an accident on Rt 9

John
13 years ago

The reports filed for the town report are very accurate.

Dale
13 years ago

I believe it was in May of ’96, it started a debate about closing the median barrier at Woodland Rd and Middle Rd.

John
13 years ago

Dale, what you are referring to is two separate issues. There was an MVA at Route 9 and Crystal Pond Road that was fatal, but there was already discussion about closing Route 9 and Middle Road because of the number of accidents at that intersection. Everything sort of melds together after awhile

Dale
12 years ago

No John, I am talking about two different accidents and there was talk about closing the crossing at Woodland Rd after the person died from the accident.

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