West Roxbury has started the year with 14 car break ins and all but one of them have involved cars that residents left unlocked, a District E-5 officer told a Zoomed community meeting tonight.
It's the only sort of crime in the district, which also includes most of Roslindale, that has not gone down over the same period last year, Community Service Officer Ed Roach said. Overall, major crimes are down about 23% in E-5, he said.
The solution, he continued, is easy: Lock your car doors when you get home, because so many of the robberies involve people just going down a street, trying car doors and rummaging around inside any cars they find open.
But it's an answer that BPD has been giving to West Roxbury residents for more than a decade now, with little apparent success.
"For years now, that's been our problem with car breaks," Roach said.
He added that the Roslindale part of the district has only had five car break ins during the same period.
"West Roxbury seems to have a much higher incidence of unlocked vehicles," he said, urging people to remember that this is West Roxbury in 2021, not Mayberry in 1951.