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Car Break-Ins Down Nearly Everywhere But Charlestown

Police reported a decrease in car break-ins around the city, but a 38 percent increase in Charlestown.

Boston Police have some good news for car-owners in most of Boston -- and some bad news for car owners in Charlestown:

Thefts from cars around the city are down eight percent compared to this time last year, but in Charlestown's district, a 38 percent increase in the number of incidents was reported.

The most commonly targeted items are tires, GPS devices, money, radios, bags and purses, personal papers and electronic devices like cell phones, iPods and chargers. 

Thefts from cars are typically “crimes of opportunity,” police said, and are the most easily preventable type of crime. To protect yourself against motor vehicle break-ins, follow these tips:

  • Do NOT leave valuable items in plain sight.
  • Valuable items, such as your laptop, iPod, etc. should never be left in the front or back seat of your vehicle.
  • Always take your valuables with you, or move them into the trunk.
  • Lock your doors and windows. Even if your window is only slightly open, it makes your car an easier target for thieves. A thief will insert a wire into a slightly open window to pop up the door lock.
  • Invest in an anti-theft device. When you buy a new or used car, checking to see if it has an anti-theft device is as important as checking the engine. If there isn’t one, you should have one installed.
  • If you observe any unusual activity or observe a car theft or a break-in, call 911 IMMEDIATELY
Joseph September 06, 2011 at 07:30 PM
I've tried calling police, they don't show up. Not with car break-ins.
Seamus O'Sullivan September 06, 2011 at 08:12 PM
because I like watching people get their cars broken into? still scanning my earlier post looking for the part where I said I don't call the cops. and agreed with Joseph - a girl I know had her Audi get broken into on Bunker Hill St., cops told her she shouldn't have an Audi in Charlestown.
Pat September 07, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Shouldn't this be leading to an increase in police patrols? Cameras? Anything? Does the police department assume this will just go away on its own? Our car has been broken into twice in the last 30 days alone. Oh, and the city raised our property taxes by the maximum amount allowed by law................clearly not going to law enforcement.
Gtree September 08, 2011 at 12:01 PM
It lead me to install cameras. They are not as expensive as you may think. A system of 4 cameras with 30-day DVR is under $300. It's digital and searchable by time. No brainer to me. I want to catch who is doing this.
Mark S October 05, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Cordis st is often victimized by the same crimes, unsurprisingly. I woke up to a rummaged glove box this morning, nothing of personal significance taken but some nice shades were swiped. Just dont leave anything in the car and lock up. Seems that its not only cars left open, though. There is clear evidence of an attempted "jimmy" of my lock on the drivers side flashing below the window. Calling the police, getting insurance involved only creates more hastle, if you havent had anything of value stolen.

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