Wild discrepancy between two sets of crime data released by the Boston Police Department.
Two weeks before year-end, Boston has seen a leveling or drop in most major crime categories throughout each neighborhood, when comparing 2010 to 2009 year to date figures.
What's disturbing is that the homicide level in the city has exploded more than 50%, rising from 46 to 73 murders, thus far.
Murders in Area A (West End, Charlestown, Downtown, East Boston) and Area D (South End, Back Bay, Fenway, Allston/Brighton) dropped but homicides in Area B and Area E have more than doubled while Area C has increased by 50%.
E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and B-3 (Mattapan / North Dorchester) are the hardest-hit districts.
Why would this discrepancy exist?