INFORMATION ADVISORY

Eight Districts Report Decline in Theft from Motor VehicleFour Districts Report Increase From January 1, 2006 to November 14, 2006, statistics indicate that 8 Boston Police Districts are reporting a decline in the number of Larceny From a Motor Vehicle. However, four districts (A1, B2, D4 and D14) have reported an increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles. This has resulted in a 3% increase of motor vehicle break-ins. · The largest decrease occurred in E-5 (West Roxbury), which reports a 48% decrease. · The second largest decrease was reported in E-18 (Jamaica Plain), stats indicated a 29% decrease. · A7 (East Boston) reports a 26% decrease · A15 (Charlestown) reports a 3% decrease · B3 (Mattapan, Dorchester) reports a 16% decrease · C6 (South Boston) reports an 11% decrease · C11 (Dorchester) reports a 12% decrease · E13 (Jamaica Plain) reports a 14% decrease As stated above, four districts reported an increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles. They include: · District A-1 (Downtown) reported a 36% increase · District B-2 (Roxbury/Mission Hill) reported a 28% increase · District D- 4 (South End/ Back Bay) indicated a19% increase · District D-14 (Brighton/Allston) showed a 22% increase The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that motor vehicle breaks are among the most easily preventable of crimes. They are typically crimes of opportunity, committed by thieves who look for valuables left unattended. Particularly as we approach the holiday season, taking a few simple steps can often discourage these thieves. Here’s how you can protect yourself against motor vehicle breaks. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR WHERE OTHERS CAN SEE THEM. Valuable items, such as your laptop, iPod, etc. should never be left in the front or back seat of your vehicle. Always take your valuables with you, or move them into the trunk. · Lock your doors and windows. Even if your window is only slightly open, it makes your car an easier target for thieves. A thief will insert a wire into a slightly open window to pop up the door lock. · Replace your standard door lock buttons with tapered ones. Tapered door lock buttons make it more difficult for a thief to hook a wire or device onto the door lock button to pop it open. · Invest in an anti-theft device. When you buy a new or used car, checking to see if it has an anti-theft device is as important as checking the engine. If there isn't one, you should have one installed. If you observe any unusual activity or observe a car theft or a break-in, call 911.