It appears that crime in East Boston has surged in the past few months. I've come across an increasing number of reports of robberies and assaults in the neighborhood, usually after dark. Browsing through the Universal Hub blog there were these back-to-back posts yesterday: "Thugs driving around East Boston, looking for people to mug" and "Little kid watches parents held up at gunpoint in East Boston." Both incidents were reported here at the District A-7 web site.
Now, to be fair, such an assessment -- that crime has surged -- can be skewed by several things, including that more information is available on the Internet more quickly today than ever before, therefore, I am able to read the police report more easily than in the past. In the grand scheme of things, urban crime across the country is down in the past 20 years AND East Boston has always been one of the city's safer neighborhoods.
Still, it's something to be aware of. I've never before felt like there was any part of Eastie that I could not walk through at any time of day (keeping in mind, of course, that I am a stocky male, though -- despite the mean look of the shaved head and goatee -- not a tough guy by any stretch), but now I think I'd probably be a bit leery about walking around Eagle Hill, where most of the crimes seem to be clustered, late at night.