Community Alert: BPD Attempting to Locate the Owner of Dog Found in Dorchester

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Earlier today, on Thursday August 2, 2018, an officer assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) located a dark grey, male, mixed breed dog in the area of Adams Street and East Street in Dorchester. The dog was wearing a collar and a leash at the time he was found but did not have any identifying tags on him. The officer was able to coax his new canine companion to jump in his cruiser to accompany him back to the district station where he was turned over to Animal Control. Anyone with information that may prove helpful is urged to contact the Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter in Roslindale at (617) 635-1800.

 

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public's Help After Large Fight Outside Downtown Nightclub

The Boston Police Department is seeking help from any individuals who were in the area of 246 Tremont Street, the Cure Lounge on Sunday morning. 

At about 2:00 AM on Sunday, August 20, 2017, a large fight occurred on the sidewalk outside 246 Tremont Street, the Cure Lounge. Detectives investigating this incident believe that several people in the area may have used hand held electronic devices, mobile phones, etc. to record images and/or video of the altercation. 

Detectives are asking anyone who may have images or video taken before, during or after this altercation to please email them to mediarelations@pd.boston.gov.

Community Alert: BPD Investigating Indecent Assault & Battery in the area of Beach Glen Street and Fort Avenue in Roxbury

 

At about 4:40 PM on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for an indecent assault in the area of Beech Glen Street and Fort Avenue in Roxbury. An adult female victim stated that she was indecently assaulted by an unidentified black male in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’11”, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and black knit hat. The suspect fled the area on foot, running down Beech Glen Street before turning left onto Fort Avenue towards Centre Street.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

The Boston Police Department is Seeking the Public’s Help to Identify Suspect in Ongoing Investigation

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify the above pictured individual in relation to the fraudulent use of a stolen credit card which occurred at about 2:30 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in Boston’s Back Bay. The suspect is described as a white male with an Italian accent, standing approximately 6”00 tall with a bald head and glasses who was wearing a blue suit with a white shirt and purple tie at the time of the incident. The suspect utilized a stolen credit card to purchase an estimated $13,000 of merchandise at several stores inside the Copley Mall located at 100 Huntington Avenue.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to this person’s identity is asked to call to District D-4 Detectives at (617) 343-4683.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are on call 24/7/365.

Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is Seeking the Public’s Help to Identify an Individual in Relation to an Ongoing Criminal Investigation

The Boston Police Department is looking to identify the individual pictured above in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (617) 343-4826.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Community Alert: BPD Urges Caution After Breaking & Entering Reported in Boston's Bay Village Area

 

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) took a report for a breaking and entering that occurred in the area of Piedmont Street in Bay Village. The victims stated that an unknown person or persons entered their apartment at some point between 4:00 AM and 9:15 AM, taking several personal items before fleeing. Both victims, who were home sleeping at the time of the break in, did not hear anything and there were no signs of forced entry. It was not immediately clear if the front door had been locked prior to the incident. District A-1 Detectives are currently investigating.

The Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked before leaving their homes or turning in for the night.  This also applies to your vehicle, be sure to double check that your car is secured and no valuables are in plain sight during this busy holiday shopping season.

Community Advisory: BPD to Conduct Counterterrorism Exercise this Sunday at Fenway Park

WHO:             The Boston Police Department in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC), and Fenway Park.

WHAT:          The above agencies will be conducting a Full Scale Counterterrorism Exercise. This preparedness exercise will feature inaudible, simulated explosions and multiple rounds of realistic-sounding, simulated gunshots between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. There will be a large number of role players, responders, and exercise staff in the area. During the exercise, there will also be a test of various security technologies, which may include the use of working dogs, metal detection, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones).

Unless you area a registered participant in the exercise, the BPD advises that you avoid the area directly around Fenway Park, as both pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be heavily impacted.

WHEN:          Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Media Availability to be announced.

WHERE:        The event will take place in and around Fenway Park. Media will stage at Van Ness Street and Richard B. Ross Way. There will be NO PUBLIC OR MEDIA ACCESS to the park during the event. Due to the exercise response of emergency vehicles, the following streets will be closed for the duration of the exercise:

  • Yawkey Way, from Brookline Ave. to Boylston St.
  • Van Ness St., from Ipswich St. to Richard B. Ross Way

CONTACT:    For MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY, contact the BPD Office of Media Relations.

UPDATE Community Alert: BPD Releases Images of Person Wanted in Connection to Indecent Assault in Dorchester

The BPD is seeking the public’s help in efforts to identify the person pictured in the enclosed images. At about 7:10pm, on Sunday, March 27, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) took a report of an indecent assault which had occurred at about 12:30am, on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Station. According to the victim, she was walking in the area of Ashmont & Florida Streets when an individual (described as a Middle Eastern male, approximately 5’6" - 5’8" tall, 160 lbs, 25 - 30 years of age, wearing all dark clothing) approached her. According to the victim, the suspect engaged the victim in conversation before indecently assaulting her. The suspect then fled on foot down Ashmont Street towards Dorchester Avenue.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and when possible try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

Community Alert: Multiple Early-Morning Motor Vehicle Breaks on Roxbury-Dorchester Line

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating several incidents of motor vehicle break-ins that occurred in District B-2 (Roxbury) in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 7, 2016. Officers took reports from at least ten victims who stated the windows of their vehicles had been smashed while parked in the areas of Magnolia, Greenheys, East Cottage, Clifton, and Holden Streets in Roxbury and Dorchester. All victims reported that the property inside their cars had been rummaged through and scattered about the interior.

Anyone with information regarding the circumstances surrounding these incidents is strongly urged to contact Boston Police B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

The BPD reminds motorists that, although officers actively and stringently patrol these areas, the police need the community’s assistance in raising awareness and safe-guarding against victimization. Officers advise motorists to lock their cars and not to leave their keys in the ignition and car idling. They also advise those parking their vehicles to remove ANY personal property in plain view, including cell phones, GPS devices, and loose change. Remember, these are crimes of OPPORTUNITY—if you leave it, you may lose it!

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to Indecent Assault in Dorchester

 

At about 7:10 PM on Sunday, March 27, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) took a report of an indecent assault which occurred at about 12:30AM on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Station. The victim stated that she was walking home on Ashmont Street near Florida Street when she was approached by a Middle Eastern or Indian male, approximately 5’6" - 5’8" tall, 160 lbs, 25 - 30 years of age, wearing all dark clothing.  The suspect engaged the victim in conversation before indecently assaulting her. The suspect then fled on foot down Ashmont Street towards Dorchester Avenue.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and when possible try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Indecent Assault in Jamaica Plain

 

At about 10:24 AM on Monday, March 14, 2016, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of 127 Chestnut Ave in Jamaica Plain. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking along Chestnut Ave when the suspect grabbed her indecently. Victim describes the suspect as a male in his early to mid-thirties with a dark complexion, approximately 5’8” to 5’11” tall, 160 to 180 lbs, wearing all black clothing.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know late at night.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
  • Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

The BPD and U.S. Postal Service Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Group of Suspects in Dorchester Assault of Letter Carrier

At about 3:15 PM on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a disturbance in the area of Cushing Avenue and Windermere Road.  Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, who stated that he had been physically assaulted by a group of suspects while delivering mail.  The suspects were described as four Hispanic males, approximately 17-19 years old accompanied by one Hispanic female, also 17-19 years old.  

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the  individuals who assaulted the Letter Carrier.  Assault of a postal employee is a federal offense that can carry with it a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact: The U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 The Boston Police Department District C-11 Detectives at (617) 343-4335.

Community members wishing to assist anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous manner.

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public's Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Armed Robberies

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the male suspect shown in the above photographs. The suspect is wanted relative to two armed robberies of pedestrians in the Downtown area. The suspect is described as a male, about 5'7" tall with missing teeth. He was last seen downtown in the area of Washington and Boylston Streets. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Community Alert: BPD Warns Community of Ongoing Phone Extortion Scam

The Boston Police Department is advising residents to be aware of an ongoing phone extortion scam. The BPD continues to take reports from residents who appear to have been targeted by this scam.

In almost all cases, unknown person(s) have called or texted the victim and made claims that a family member or loved one is being held captive and will be harmed or held until the victim pays a specific sum of money. In prior cases, the party being held captive is alleged to have been in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in property damage that he/she is unable to pay for or personal injury to a third party, often times a relative of the caller.

 It is not uncommon for the caller to know basic details about the victim’s life, including names of family members, places of employment and school information. It is possible that this information is gathered through internet searches or websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In some cases, the caller phones several members of the same family, extracting information from one person that is then leveraged against a relative to increase the credibility of the caller’s claims. 

Victims are often told that if they hang up or contact the police or anyone else, harm will come to their loved one. This scam appears to target the Hispanic community and is known to be an issue in several other cities across the United States.

Residents that receive a call similar to the above scheme are advised to:

  • Attempt to contact the person that is allegedly being held captive and confirm their wellbeing. 
  • Ask the caller for specific information about where the family member is located. 
  • Have the caller physically describe the family member to see if the caller can provide some level of detail that could help confirm or dispel the claim. 
  • Note the phone number where the call or text originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately.

The Boston Police remind all residents that any instance involving an unknown party requesting funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is indicative of a fraud.   This activity includes any request for the purchase of stored value cards (i.e. Green Dot). 

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are encouraged to report any Phone or Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

Call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261

Go online: ftc.gov/complaint

BPD Scam Alert: BPD Issues Scam Alert Relative to Threatening Phone Calls Made by IRS Impersonators

BPD Scam Alert: BPD Issues Scam Alert Relative to Threatening Phone Calls Made by IRS Impersonators: On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the Boston Police Department received several reports relative to an aggressive phone scam targeting elderly community members. According to the reports, individuals claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are threatening to arrest people for failing to pay back taxes to the IRS. While these dangerous and cunning con artists can sound convincing and credible, they are far, far from it. If you receive such a call, don’t allow yourself to get scammed. And, please be aware of the following as it relates to the IRS and their manner of tax collection. Here are some things the IRS will never do:

(1) The IRS will never call your home demanding the immediate payment of any taxes over the phone.

(2) Furthermore, the IRS will never ask for your credit or debit card information over the phone.

(3) The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes using a specific method like a prepaid debit card.

(4) The IRS will never threaten to have you arrested for not paying taxes.

If you feel like you’re being scammed, hang up the phone and call the Boston Police or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. For more information as it relates to the IRS and scam alerts, please visit: www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts

The Boston Police Department Seeks the Public’s Help in Identifying Person of Interest in Ongoing Investigation into Identity Thefts and Bank Fraud

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the female suspect shown in the above photographs. The suspect is wanted for questioning in relation to ongoing incidents of bank fraud and identity thefts in several communities. The suspect was last seen operating a white Toyota Camry with a Plymouth 400 Commemorative plate of PL1613.  It is believed that the suspect is part of a larger group of individuals who break into vehicles and then commit bank fraud with the stolen identifications taken during those breaks. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the BRIC at (617) 343-4328.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Community Alert: BPD Investigating Sexual Assault in the Area of Columbia Road and Annabel Street, Dorchester

 

At about 6:45 AM on Friday, January 1, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) and District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a female down in the road in the area of 653 Columbia Road.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a 29-year-old female victim who reported a male had grabbed her from behind, stated he had a weapon, and then sexually assaulted her in the area of Annabel Street. The suspect is described as a black male (possibly Cape Verdean), approximately 25 years old, 5’7”-5’11” with a thin build and a goatee. The suspect may have been wearing black pants and a black jacket with a pink shirt underneath. The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

BPD Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Person of Interest in Connection to Construction Site Robbery

The BPD is seeking the public’s help in efforts to identify an individual (see photos) wanted for questioning in connection to a recent robbery of a construction site. On Monday, December 14, 2015, officers took a report for a breaking and entering at the Moriarty construction site located at 1 Nashua Street in Boston. Officers spoke to a representative from Moriarty Construction who stated that the site had been broken into and a review of the site showed a large supply of copper welding cable missing from the site. According to the victim, total value of the missing material was estimated to be in the area of $20,000.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information, albeit large or small, is strongly urged to contact District A-1 (Downtown) Detectives at (617) 343-4248.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

BPD Arrests Three for Package Thefts in South Boston, Continues to Remind Residents of Holiday Package Delivery Tips

 

At about 2:15 PM on Monday, December 14, 2015, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for reports of three males stealing packages from residents’ porches in the area of East Fourth and N Streets.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to witnesses who reported that three males were stealing packages from residents’ porches, ripping open the boxes, and stuffing the contents into shopping bags. Officers broadcast the suspects’ descriptions and direction of flight and began to canvass the area.

Shortly thereafter, two Boston police officers performing a detail in the area of East Second and Emmett Streets observed one male fitting the description of one of the suspects. Upon stopping the male, officers observed that he was carrying a shopping bag filled with merchandise, some of which displayed the shipping addresses of victims on East Fourth Street. This suspect was identified and taken into custody.

During the investigation, officers were informed that the two other suspects had been located in the area of Columbia and Marine Road. After further investigation, the two males were also identified and taken into custody.

Forty-seven-year-old Robert MacNeil of Dorchester, 19-year-old Johnny Sadm of Dorchester, and 19-year-old Cody Urban of South Boston were arrested and charged with Larceny over $250.

HOLIDAY PACKAGE DELIVERY TIPS

Between last-minute online shoppers and long-distance gift givers, it’s no secret that December is a peak time for package deliveries, but the increase in activity also makesit a busy time for package thieves. The Boston Police Department would like to offersome safety tips to ensure that packages end up in the right hands this holiday season.

     Make arrangements with relatives if you know they won’t be home when shippingthem a package. Arrange for packages to be shipped to a location where someone willbe available to receive them—such as a relative’s home or a work address—or leave special instructions for the carrier to leave the package with a neighbor or in another secure location.

     Don’t assume that common hallways and back doors are “secure” locations. If the dooris unlocked and accessible by those who do not reside there, it’s still a vulnerable location.

     The United States Post Office (USPS) offers special delivery instructions which can be submitted online via the USPS website. Be sure to read them before shipping packages.

     Ask that mail carriers post a notice that a package is available for pickup at the local post office instead of leaving it unattended.

     UPS drivers are trained to leave packages in places that are away from public sight and inclement weather, and customers can submit detailed delivery instructions online for where they’d like delivery items to be left in the event they aren’t home to receive them.

     Customers can choose to have their UPS packages shipped to a specific UPS Store location. A notification will be sent via text message or e-mail when they’ve arrivedand are ready for pickup.

     FedEx offers a “signature for delivery” option. Choosing this option would meana person would need to sign for the package and it would never be left unattended.

     FedEx Packages can also be shipped to FedEx Office stores, and customers evenhave the option to go online and redirect a package to a store while it is en route.

     Taking advantage of the security options offered by the carriers will help ensure packagesare not easy targets for thieves. If you or someone you know has been victimized by this type of crime, please report the incident to the Boston Police Department. If you see criminal activity taking place, or are in need of police assistance, always call 9-1-1.

We hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!

Community Alert: Boston Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Missing "SWAT Cat"

Have you seen this feline? Dubbed "SWAT Cat," this stray Calico kitty joined the BPD in 2013 when she began prowling around the Boston Police Special Weapons and Tactics base, rolling over for belly rubs from the officers, and showing up for chow time with the unit. However, approximately three weeks ago, this two-year-veteran and unofficial mascot of BPD SWAT went missing.

Said one SWAT officer, “She had become part of the family. But it’s sad, she’s not there. It’s like going to work and not seeing a well-liked coworker.”

Please help us locate SWAT Cat. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boston Police at (617) 343-4520.

For more on SWAT Cat, read the Boston Globe's coverage below: 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/12/14/boston-police-swat-team-asks-public-for-help-finding-missing-cat/8jELU6099dI4Da1xC4pbZN/story.html