The good ole days

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.

9 responses to “The good ole days

  1. LPD is a government entity and will NEVER say that they need a decrease in funds…NO government entity will EVER admit they need a decrease in funds. They are encouraged to spend money. An example is the advertising to attract welfare and food stamp recipients.. The government NEEDS to spend money so they can justify the bloated amount of people who are on the taxpayers payroll. The more they spend the more employees they need and so on and so on..

    • Did you think it wouldn’t?

      Real journalism has no bias Paul. As long as you don’t personally insult or slander people here, you will never have a comment denied.

      If you swear, insult, or do something stupid here, you will still have your comment approved, after I edit it and explain, in public, WHY I chose to edit it it.

      I believe in freedom of expression. Do not ever expect to be censored here.

  2. I do not believe the city of Lowell lost 5,000 residents..I believe it gained 5,000 non-working residents. Just drive around and open your eyes

  3. Maybe now the insurance companies will adjust our rates. Changing my garaging from Dracut to Lowell for my car cost hundreds.

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