The Boston Police Department is issuing a Community Alert following multiple incidents of Residential Burglaries in the Mission Hill Area. The incidents descriptions are as follows:
1. At about 12:14 am on Thursday, November 28, 2013, officers responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering at 115 Fisher Avenue. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the victims who stated when they arrived home from visiting friends at approximately 11:15 pm and noticed the back door to their apartment open. The victims further stated they secured the back door and windows, prior to leaving. The victims further reported a Lenovo T420 work laptop, Blackberry Curve work cell phone, and personal Apple IPad 2 with leather case were missing from the apartment.
2. At about 1:20 pm on Friday, November 29, 2013, officers responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering at 10 Parker Hill Avenue. Upon arrival officers spoke to both victims who stated their last roommate left the residence on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at approximately 7:00 pm and returned to their residence and discovered several items misplaced in the house. Officers observed the back bedroom window open. The victims stated that the door leading to the side of the apartment was unlocked.
3. At about 10:52am on Saturday, November 30, 2013 officers responded to a radio call for breaking and entering at 12 Parker Hill Avenue. Upon arrival officers spoke with the victims who stated they were out of town and returned to find “things” in all the rooms moved around or thrown on the floor. The victim reported debit cards and gold coins missing. Officers observed a bedroom window opened.
4. At about 9:48 pm on Friday, November 29, 2013, officers responded to a breaking and entering at 846 Huntington Avenue. Upon arrival, officer spoke with a victim who stated she lives in the apartment with 4 other roommates and was the last one to leave on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 and returned and noticed the apartment was cold. The victim checked the apartment and noticed that her room was ransacked and the window in her room was open.
5. At about 12:01 pm on Monday, December 1, 2013, officers responded to a breaking and entering at 852 Huntington Avenue. On arrival officers spoke with a victim who stated he returned to the apartment and found a side bedroom window ajar, the back door open. They victim discovered 4 bedrooms appeared to have been ransacked and 2 watches, a gym bag and loose change were taken from his room. Roommates in the apartment reported missing a pair of Bose headphones, an IPAD, a Linozo laptop, a Toshiba laptop, a Kindle Fire and US currency.
6. At about 12:30pm on Monday, December 1, 2013, officers responded to a breaking and entering in a separate apartment at 852 Huntington Avenue. On arrival officers were informed by the victim she found her back door open and a rear bedroom window ajar. Her room was ransacked and loose change was missing.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Detectives at Area B-2 (Roxbury) at 617-343-4275.
Community members who wish to remain anonymous should either call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS (8477) or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.
Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe:
• A strong door is a good door. Solid wooden doors or doors reinforced with steel offer greater protection than hollow core wooden doors.
• Use safe locks. Adding quality deadbolt locks to your exterior doors adds and provides greater security to your residence.
• Lock your windows especially those that are easily accessible to unwanted intruders. Windows on the first floor or basement levels should always be locked.
• In a single family home or a multi-dwelling building, the outer hallway door should always be locked. Access to the inner hallway, provides access to anyone who seeks to break into your residence.
• Know your neighbors and keep an eye out for them and their property. Consider having a neighbor or friend watch your home when you’re on vacation.
• Consider joining or organizing a Neighborhood Crime Watch group. For more info on how to join, call (617) 343.4345.
• Call 911 to report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
• Call your local district station and request a home security analysis.
• Don’t leave valuables where they can be seen from outside the home.
• Make sure Roommates and other tenants know to keep their doors and windows locked