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A Message from Boston Police to all Jamaica Plain Residents

August 29, 2013 - We, at District E-13, have discovered a pattern of three young black males, teens, entering through windows during the early to mid evening, sometimes just reaching in and stealing a laptop or other items, in the South Street area. Although, these incidents are under investigation, we are asking you to help us prevent further victimization by observing our “Protect your Home” tips outlined below:

  • Call 911 to report suspicious behavior
  • Always close and lock your doors when you are out.
  • Secure glass sliding doors with either commercially available locks or wooden dowel or broomstick in the track to jam it.
  • Always close and lock your windows when you are out. Windows Screens can easily be out or removed so do not rely on them for security when you are out or at night.
  • Keep all items of value away from window view.
  • Air conditioners in windows are easily pushed in by criminals to gain access into homes. 
  • Make sure you air conditioners are secured and locked into place.
  • Do not leave stackable items such as crates ladders, lawn chairs or tables, etc., outside and near your house. Criminals can use them to gain access to your home.
  • Do not hide keys in mailboxes, planters, or under doormats. Give an extra key to a trusted neighbor instead.
  • Trim your shrubbery that hides doors or windows. Cut tree limbs that might assist a thief to climb into a window.
  • Turn on outside lights after dark to illuminate porches, entrances and yards, front and back. 
  • Lights on timers or motion detectors deter thieves and other criminals.
  • Keep your yard well maintained. Store ladders and tools inside your LOCKED garage, basement or storage shed when you’re not using them.
  • Keep a complete up to date inventory of your personal property (photo or videotape) including serial or owner applied numbers. 
  • Put lights and a radio on timers to create the illusion that someone is home when you are away. Leave shades in normal positions. Stop mail delivery or ask a neighbor to take them in.
  • Keep up the appearance of your neighborhood. Broken street-lights, abandoned cars vacant buildings, graffiti, litter and run down areas attract crime.

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