At this week’s NEWNC Public Safety Committee meeting, Boston Police reported that 46 calls were received by District A-1 in the last 30 days regarding loud parties, blasting music and disruptive activities. The North End registered the most complaints followed by Beacon Hill. Police said that college students were largely responsible for the disruption.
The number of complaints averages about 1.5 per day, although most calls are received from Thursday through Saturday. While the incidents are widespread, there are some “hotspots” including one location where 5 complaints were registered and others where 2 or 3 were associated with the same address.
Taking the “party animal” award this month is 94 Prince St. where police broke up a party with over 100 college-aged students. The event took place on October 30, the night before Halloween. The responsible host was cited for disturbing the peace and keeper of disorderly house. Not one to miss an opportunity, the host was also charging party-goers at the door.
Sgt. Lema said that City Councilors Ross and LaMattina are working on some type of policy guidelines for off-campus college students. One of the questions raised at the meeting was whether the intent is to change behavior or discourage student renters. In Beacon Hill, many landlords have simply decided not to rent to college students.
One of the policy guidelines under consideration is to have students sign leases where certain “loud party” terms are included. Under such terms, students would have to pay fines if offenses are reported to police. One suggestion is to have a “3 strikes and your out” clause.
The City’s Problem Properties Task Force cites some success, noting that addresses reported last year are quiet this year. The Task Force includes Councilors Ross & LaMattina as well as community representatives.
Residents can report loud parties to 911 or the Loud Party Hotline: 617-343-5500.