20 Cities in Massachusetts with the Most Improved Crime Rate

December 1, 2014


Home of the Red Sox and the Patriots, the state of Massachusetts has not only rich sports tradition, but amazing history dating back to some of the first settlements in the United States and colonial times. From the historic battle grounds of Lexington and Concord to the shores of Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts is a bustling state that has a big population of the north east and sees a lot of tourism year-round. Generally states that have a high population and high tourism see a higher crime rate, but that’s not the case for every town in the state.

Using data from 2007-2012 FBI Crime Reporting Statistics, we’ve uncovered twenty cities in Massachusetts which have significantly decreased crime successfully.

The cities listed below have used some advanced police programs, services and techniques to help decrease their crime rate over a five year period. When looking through the data provided by the FBI, we have noticed their efforts have increased the quality of life for their citizens, as well as the safety of their neighborhoods.

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1. Bedford, MA

To the northwest of Boston, on the outskirts of the bigger suburbs and on the banks of the Concord River is Bedford, Massachusetts. Like many of the smaller towns in Massachusetts, Bedford has loads of history in the surrounding areas, from The Two Brothers Rocks to the Jeb Lane House; Bedford tends to see a lot of through traffic for people visiting Boston and the state.  Already one of the safer cities in the state based on the data provided by the FBI, Bedford has been able to reduce their crime rate over 50 percent in a five year period thanks to the hard work of their local police department they’ve been able to drastically reduce the property crime rate.

2007 Crime Rate: 13.99
2012 Crime Rate: 6.11
56.31% Decrease In Crime

2. Lynnfield, MA

North of Boston and minutes from Harold Parker State Forest is the town of Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Like many towns in the state, Lynnfield has rich history dating back to colonial times. Lynnfield was an old crossroad between bigger towns and an old stagecoach line ran through the town. With all the rich history, keeping vandalism and property crime in the town has been a high priority for a while. The local police department has done a lot of work to bring that number down to one of the best rates in the state, as well as bringing down violent crime by a significant margin.

2007 Crime Rate: 20.47
2012 Crime Rate: 9.58
53.19% Decrease In Crime

3. Clinton, MA

Resting on the banks of the Waschusett Reservoir and to the north of Worcester is the town of Clinton, Massachusetts. Home of some historic sites, such as the Central Park Foster Fountain and the oldest continuously-used baseball field, Fuller Field, Clinton can be a stopping point for some of those adventuring around the outer areas of Boston and the bigger cities. A tight knit small town, Clinton’s crime rate is one of the best in the state as is. The local police department and community however work hard to keep it that way, which is why the already small crime rate has been virtually cut in half over the past five years according to provided FBI data.

2007 Crime Rate: 10.25
2012 Crime Rate: 5.01
51.12% Decrease In Crime

4. Ipswich, MA

Located in the northeast portion of the state of Massachusetts, just north of Boston on the banks of Ipswich Bay is the town of Ipswich. With Plum Island and the Willowdale State Forest, as well as the aforementioned Bay, Ipswich offers a lot of natural attractions that the northeast has to show off. Between the neighborhood watch, the DARE program and the harbor patrol, Ipswich has put in a lot of work to keep their town’s crime rate low and have succeeded. They’ve succeeded so much, they’ve been able to drop their already low rate even lower and finish just inside the top 5 of our list of most improved cities in the state.

2007 Crime Rate: 15.31
2012 Crime Rate: 8.36
45.39% Decrease In Crime

5. West Boylston, MA

On the banks of the Wachusett Reservoir and just north of Worcester and minutes from the University of Massachusetts sits the town of West Boylston.  The “small town with a big heart,” West Boylston is set with some beautiful scenery including plenty of historic buildings around the town. Crime in general has never been much of an issue in West Boylston, but the local police department’s efforts have show up when looking at the ratings over a five year period. According to data provided by the FBI, West Boylston has seen its already low crime rate go even lower, which is why they’re rounding out the top 5 of our list of most improved cities.

2007 Crime Rate: 25.35
2012 Crime Rate: 13.92
45.10% Decrease In Crime

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