In the morning hours of Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit with the assistance of the Boston Housing Authority Police, MA Environmental Police, Boston Code Enforcement, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau executed the first phase of an ongoing enforcement operation focused on illegal off-road vehicles. This particular phase was focused on the improper and dangerous storage of these vehicles in Boston Housing Developments throughout the city. These vehicles have come to represent a constant annoyance in the city’s neighborhoods because individuals operate them dangerously throughout public ways and parks.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers issued several violations and seized a total of 16 off-road vehicles that were observed to be stored in manners that presented fire, health, and safety hazards and in violation of City Ordinances, Boston Housing Regulations, and/or Mass General Laws. These seizures occurred at the West Broadway Housing Development (South Boston), the Mary Ellen McCormick Housing Development (South Boston), the Franklin Field Housing Development (Dorchester), Gallivan Housing Development (Mattapan), and Fairmount Housing Development (Hyde Park). The officers, as well as Code Enforcement officers, spoke with the residents to educate them on the hazardous conditions presented by the improper storage of these vehicles.