Boston Crime Tips Up 5-Fold; Is “Stop Snitching” Over?


Anti-crime tips poured into Boston police last year at five times the rate they did just two years ago, saye the Boston Herald. The newspaper says the surge “seems to spell the end of the deadly Stop-Snitching subculture that allowed thugs to bully Hub neighborhoods into silence.” Said officer Mike Charbonnier, who runs the city’s Crimestoppers unit, “If it's not dead, I hope that it's in intensive care. It all adds up to less tolerance for a violent culture.”

The flood of information to cops coincided with the rollout of a first-in-the-nation, anonymous, text-message tip line last year and a media blitz that included radio commercials, billboards, and bus stop ads telling residents how to contact police if they have information about a crime. “I'm thrilled with it, no doubt about it, the numbers are increasing,” said police commissioner Edward Davis. “We're getting a better handle on what's happening in the neighborhood. I think the more effective we are at establishing a connection with the community, the more the community will trust us.” Last year police got 732 phone calls to the anonymous Crimestoppers line and 523 text messages. That's up five-fold from 2005, when the murder rate hit a 10-year high, and Mayor Thomas Menino declared war on the popular “Stop Snitchin' ” T-shirts sold at hip hop clothing stores. That year cops got just 249 tips about crimes.


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