Latest news from District 4
We've had a few residents inquiring about increased drug activity in the Southwest Corridor and cars being broken into in the neighborhood. We asked our community officer, Sgt. Matthew Hogardt for an update.
"I ran the numbers for both car breaks as well as stolen cars in your neighborhood from 7/1/22 to 11/16/22. Overall there were 3 vehicles stolen and 11 vehicle breaks. Of the 3 stolen cars, two were taken from the Copley Garage, and one from Mass Ave: all of them had the keys left in them.
As far as the car breaks go, 6 occurred on the streets in your neighborhood, while the remaining 5 occurred in nearby parking garages. In EVERY instance that was reported to us, the car was left unlocked. Some people reported that nothing was taken (just left the interior messy) while others reported expensive items such as designer handbags or laptop computers were stolen.
Considering the amount of residents (and cars) in your neighborhood, I would say these numbers look pretty good for a four and a half month time frame. Obviously, we strongly encourage everyone to make sure they lock their vehicles when they step away from them, and never leave anything of value (I'll even go so far as to say ANYTHING AT ALL) in plain sight in an unattended vehicle. If you could help spread the word to your neighbors, we'd appreciate it.
As far as drug activity in the Southwest Corridor...yes, I'll pass the word to the officers here and ask them to keep an eye on the area. As you know, we've seen an uptick in this type of activity across the district, but we just received 11 brand new police officers here at District 4. This will give them a chance to get familiar with the Southwest Corridor and how it connects all the streets on St. Botolph with the streets off of Columbus Ave"
Thanks Matthew for your prompt response and we are pleased with the good news of the 11 new officers for district 4. We are also grateful to Sgt Hogardt's for requesting increased surveillance around the entrances to our neighborhood from the Southwest corridor park. Stay safe everyone and remember report any incident no matter how small - the police will be more effective with feedback from the community.
Need non-urgent Help?
We love this service from the city. Download the 311 app to your phone and life will get so much easier. You can go the the City of Boston for more details.
Needle request clean Up ?
Report a broken traffic Light?
Get rid of a big item?
Pay a parking ticket?
You can also tweet@bos311 or download the app from the City of Boston website
Several residents have brought to our attention the intersection of West Newton and St. Botolph at the 7/11. Complaints include: trucks double-parking and blocking crosswalks, delivery trucks idling, trash on the sidewalks, patrons without masks and drug-related behavior.
We need your feedback about safety on our streets. Have you experienced challenges at this corner? We want to hear from you. Email us. Help us make our streets and sidewalks safer by sharing your thoughts. We are meeting with our elected officials on this important topic.
Meeting with Transportation
On Friday, December 18, 2020, Boston Transportation Chief, Chris Osgood, came out to listen to our residents' pleas for attention to the many safety issues we are faced with at several intersections in our neighborhood, including the West Newton/St. Botolph intersection, Garrison and St. Botolph intersection and the midway crosswalk at the Southwest Corridor. We'll have more details to share about this in the future, but we are encouraged by the beginning of a dialog to improve pedestrian safety.
If you have experienced safety issues in this area, email us!
Also, does anyone notice high speed traffic turning right from West Newton onto St. Botolph (heading towards Garrison)to avoid the signal at Huntington Ave? Email us!
Mass/Cass Task Force
The intersection of Mass Ave and Melnea Cass Blvd is often referred to as "Mass/Cass." It is an area of Boston with a long history of serving the City's — and the region’s — most vulnerable populations.
The Mass/Cass area is experiencing an impact on public health, public safety, and quality of life.
The Mass/Cass Strategic Plan was released in October 2019. The plan outlines the City of Boston’s strategy to address these issues.
MASS/CASS TASK FORCE The task force advises the City of Boston on the Mass/Cass 2.0 plan. It is made up of:
November 9, 2020 Mass/Cass Task Force Meeting
A very informative community meeting was held recently. A zoom recording is available for this meeting - click here
We are in District 4
.Our Neighborhood is protected by the District 4 station over on Harrison Ave. Our Commander is Captain
Sgt. Matthew Hogardt is the Community officer for Area D .
Tel (617) 343-4505
Captain Steven Sweeney contact is :
( 617) 343-5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep up with all the latest news follow the police on their Newsletter - click on logo below.
District 4 Headquarters
650 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
TEL (617) 343-4250
Front Desk (617) 343-4250
Drug Control Unit (617) 343-4822
Auto Investigations (617) 343-4293
Property Clerk (617) 343-4250
Anti-Crime (617) 343-5375
Domestic Violence (617) 343-4811
Community Service (617) 343-4457
For some tips to help prevent car break-ins click here . Please do remember what may not seem valuable to you (those pennies in the cup holder)may be enough for someone to break into your car.... remove everything from sight!
Who are you gonna call ...
We all feel conflicted about involving the police if we see a homeless person behaving strangely. But if you feel threatened, please don't hesitate to call 911.
If you spot anti-social behavior call the D-4 Police Community Liaison at 617 343 4250. We have assurances from our local police and city officials that, if they get a call about a person clearly in distress, they are not necessarily arresting them, but bringing them to get help from city services.
To View the data dashboard for the latest stats in the City of Boston
BPD Safe Exchange Zones
Fire Safety prohibitions related to grills in the City of Boston.
Neither Liquid Propane tanks nor gas grills are allowed (no matter how stored) on rear decks, balconies, or roof decks.
If you wish to have a gas grill on a rear deck or roofdeck, you will need to have a natural gas line installed by a licensed installer. Please note, gas grills using natural gas lines and propane tank gas grills are different critters. Converting a propane tank grill to a natural gas grill must be done by a professional or a new natural gas grill must be purchased.
Charcoal or wood burning grills are similarly prohibited on decks or roofs. This includes small Hibachi grills that are sometimes seen used on rear decks or even fire escapes. The fire risk from wind or other factors cannot be underestimated.
Electric grills ARE permitted on rear decks and roof-decks.
Neighbors should familiarize themselves with the guidelines and rules found Here
Want to sell or buy something online but wary of meeting a person on your own? A great solution developed by the police are BPD “Safe Exchange Zone” which are located at every Boston Police District Station across the city as well as BPD Headquarters. These areas are monitored via security video and available 24 hours a day. Additionally, these areas offer sufficient space to exercise social distancing during the transaction. The closest one for our neighborhood is a 12/15 min walk to 650 Harrison St.
Ensuring Personal Safety
It's tempting, in these stressful times to put those ear buds in and day dream aliens might abduct your annoying members of your household. BUT, please stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Police have alerted us that there is an up-tick of phones/bags being snatched as day dreamers stroll the corridor with both ear buds in. Try listening with one ear bud and stay safe!. Click here for more safety tips from Boston Police
Stay safe and sound.....
We've been alerted of some very unpleasant anti-social behavior - using the corridor park as a public restroom. If you witness this, call the D4 Police Community Liaison at 617 343 4250.
Feel free to yell at them that there are public restrooms nearby at;
Southend Library 685 Tremont St
Back Bay Station
The Prudential Mall
The city has a useful page on where to find public restrooms all over the city. For details Click here
Check your key/lock Box!
Recently, an unknown person attempted to take a key from an exterior lock/key box. They ripped open the key box ( no key was there) and tore the light sensor off the wall. The neighbor did the right thing and notified police.