I posted about the police department’s annual report earlier tonight, and here’s a really striking tidbit.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the City of Lowell, in 1993, reported 1,961 motor vehicle thefts.
In 2011, according to the Lowell Police Department annual report, there were 252 motor vehicle thefts.
Police admit, however, that the decline in car thefts is not just due to the work of officers. Advances in technology have made vehicles much more difficult to steal. The days of hot-wiring a Chevy Nova are long, long gone.
I have to admit, though, 1993 was a terrible year. There were also 302 robberies in Lowell, compared to 174 in 2011. In 1993 there were 2,244 burglaries, compared to 928 last year.
This is the type of thing I think about when I see people say stuff like “it’s never been this bad before.”
For a look back at some past year’s UCR reports for Lowell, download this file and check it out in Excel.