Crime Down in North End

The Mirabella Pool was crowded with North End residents. It was an equal part of people working on their tans, and those who wanted to cool off in the pool like these ladies. See pages 6 and 7 for mpre photos.

North End/Waterfront crime statistics are down from year to date and over the last 30 days, according to a District A-1 report presented by Boston Police Captain Bernard O’Rourke.

O’Rourke told residents at the NEWNC Public Safety monthly meeting in the Nazzaro Community Center that crime statistics have been basically down over the past month (June).

Larceny of motor vehicles top the charts for the month with nine. Stolen were residential parking stickers, a handicap placard, a purse, a motor cycle helmet and gloves and three laptops.

The Sovereign Bank was robbed on June 15. The thief handed a teller a note which the police would not revealed the message.

A stabbing took place at 109 Salem Street. A 47 year old male was injured.

Two breaking and entering took place, one on Fleet Street on June 18 and another on North Margin Street on June 23.

Stillman Place was the site of graffiti involving photos of two babies that resembled President Obama.

Police noted that eight arrest were made in June. Three were based on warrants, one disturbing the peace, three for destruction of property, one for indecent exposure, urinating in public and three for breaking car mirrors on Endicott Street.

However police did respond to a group of people running up and down fire escapes at 15 Salem Street. Captain O’Rourke advised residents that open windows attract thieves to climb up fire escapes and enter apartments. He also advised residents to use dead bolt locks on doors.

Boston Animal Protection responded to a dog incident on Thatcher Street resolving the issue on the spot.

Captain O’Rourke told residents of a recent basketball game in Polcari Playground between Boston Police and a team made up of local teens. The Police won. Participants were treated to pizza and beverages, given basketball shirts sponsored by Suffolk University and $20 gift certificate to Lids.

The Captain also announced that the City of Boston has passed an ordinance dealing with the Segway issue raised by residents. The ordinance was challenged in court but the ordinance remains in place.

The new rules spell out the dos and don’ts of Segway routes including no driving on sidewalks. The tour operators must now receive a license to operate through the Hackney Unit.

Captain O’Rourke explained there is a grace period before the ordinance is enacted but expects a law suit in the near future.

One resident complained about the Ghost and Graves Tour that takes people through the Copps Hill Cemetery during late night hours. The group is very loud each time they tour the cemetery.

There will be no Public Safety meeting in August. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 1 at 6:30pm in the Nazzaro Community Center.

Sergeant Tom Lema and Officer Ted Boyle also attended the Public Safety meeting.