Report: Major Crimes Down 55% for First Quarter of 2017

Chief Michael Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department saw a more than 55 percent drop in major crimes in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

  • There was no homicide or arson in Melrose in either quarter. As for other major crimes,
  • Aggravated assaults were down by 71%, from 7 last year to 2 this year;
  • Larceny was down by 61%, from 72 in 2016 to 28 in 2017;
  • Motor vehicle theft was down from 13 to 6, a 53% drop;
  • Robberies dropped from two in 2016 to one this year;
  • Burglaries were up slightly, from five last year to six this year.
  • The drop in major crimes marks a trend for Melrose, which has continued to see a decrease in these types of incidents.

In 2016, the city saw an overall drop of more than 27 percent in major crimes from 2015.

“We continue to see a decrease in major crimes throughout the City of Melrose,” Chief Lyle said. “I certainly want to commend all members of the Melrose Police Department for working to keep our community safe.”

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