There were no murders in Cambridge last year, police trumpeted Wednesday, a record matched within the past half-century only three other times: in 1985, 2004 and 2007.

For the 30-year period between 1960 and 1989, the city averaged slightly fewer than five murders per year, police communications specialist Daniel Riviello said. Since 1990, the average annual murder rate for Cambridge has fallen to approximately two per year while nationally, cities with comparable populations of 100,000 residents average a much higher rate of 10 murders each year.

For a more detailed look at crime in Cambridge for the year, residents are pointed to the December edition of BridgeStat, which can be seen by clicking here. The full Annual Crime Report is slated to be released in late March, Riviello said.

This post was written from a press release.