Video: January 3, 2013 North End Public Safety Meeting. Time spots noted in report.
Overall crime in the North End / Waterfront was down 10% in 2012 versus the previous year, according to a report distributed by Boston Police District A-1 on Thursday at the monthly Public Safety Meeting. The North End did better than the rest of District A-1 which was up 7% due largely to an increase in larcenies. (00:30 in video)
In the last 30 days, reported crime incidents were relatively subdued. There were no homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults or breaking & entering incidents. Full statistics by category are shown in the table at the end of this post. (01:20)
There were two arrests in December: (02:40)
- 12/6/12 – Prince & Salem Street – Disorderly person arrested by Sgt. Tom Lema.
- 12/22/12 – Loud party at 22 Sheafe St. – Two young professionals, both 28 years old, refused to disperse when Boston Police arrived, claiming they “know people.” They were arrested and the landlord has been summoned as a keeper of a disorderly house.
There were 5 auto thefts in December due to some folks leaving keys in a running car which is tempting to do in the cold weather. (06:00)
- 12/6/12 – Salem St. (businessman left his van running)
- 12/7/12 – 107 Atlantic Ave. – left keys in ignition, car recovered in Charlestown
- 12/10/12 – Charter St. – person forgot where he parked
- 12/16/12 – 64 N. Margin St. – 1999 Jeep Cherokee stolen and recovered in Charlestown following day
- 12/17/12 – 89 Prince St. – 2002 BMW Series 3 – stolen, not recovered
Larcenies in December: (08:30)
- 12/6/12 – St. Leonard Church – suspect has repeatedly targeted churches
- 12/15/12 – Prince & Hanover Streets – woman thinks someone took bag from her shoulder or she left it somewhere
- 12/17/12 – 100 Atlantic Ave – Man asked hostess for a job application. When she turned around, he stole her iPhone off desk.
- 12/9/12 – 2 Battery Wharf – Hotel guest says $10,000 was stolen out of glove compartment in garage.
Marie M. – Announced to the group that while pepper mace use needs a permit in Boston, bug spray is “allowable” and can reach 37 feet. She particularly likes the type for wasps. Captain Lee advised against the suggestion. (21:00)
Highlighting the seriousness of dealing with partygoers, Bart H. pointed out a Metro headline today where a man was murdered for asking an Allston party guest to quiet down. Captain Lee said that Mayor Menino and top Boston Police management have asked all Boston districts to prioritize quality of life concerns. (27:00)
At the end of the meeting, Boston Police and attending residents talked about how the new Nuisance Control Ordinance will be used to address loud party reports. (32:50)
Full 2012 crime statistics by category are shown in the table below.