Police Alert Warns of Spike in Street Robberies in Jamaica Plain

There have been five street robberies reported to police between April 8 and April 18. In this alert, police also offer tips for staying safe.

UPDATE: Police have , which have happened all over the neighborhood.


[Editor's note: This is a slightly edited version of a community alert issued by the Boston Police for Jamaica Plain.]


Your neighborhood has reported an increase in robberies during the month of April.

Between April 8 and April 18, five street robberies involving suspects who are targeting victims for purses/wallets and/or cell phones in the Jamaica Plain area were reported to police.  The robberies have occurred between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the majority occurring between 10:50 p.m. and 11:20 p.m.  The suspect is generally described as a black male or Hispanic male between 5-8 and 6-2.

The first two robberies were unarmed, and a firearm was used in the last three.  Beware that violence was used in one of the robberies.  In three of the robberies, the suspect fled in a black sedan, believed to be driven by another black male.  Also, in three of the robberies, the suspect targeted females, and in the other two the suspect targeted males.

We are asking you to help us prevent further victimization by observing our “Protect yourself” tips outlined below.  Also you may add and distribute along any other tips that you may think of.

Thank you for your assistance.


Protect Yourself While You Are Out

  • Be alert of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Do not walk alone - try to walk with a partner.
  • Hide all electronic gadgets, and do not expose them to public view.
  • Do not talk on a cell phone or wear earplugs while listening to an iPod, CD player or radio while traveling.  This activity decreases your ability to pay attention to your surroundings and makes you a target for criminals.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
  • Walk close to the curb.  Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
  • Avoid shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds and vacant lots.
  • Walk confidently, with a purpose and at a steady pace.  Know the location of where you are traveling before you set out for the destination.
  • Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street.  Continue walking.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking, without staring, and make a mental note of the description of suspicious individuals.
  • If you carry a purse, hold it securely between your arm and body; if possible, leave it at home.
  • Keep your house or car keys ready.  Have them ready before approaching your house or car.
  • If confronted, try to remain calm.
  • If a criminal states he has a weapon, don’t challenge him/her, do not resist – cooperate.  Never try to apprehend the criminal.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations.  If you feel threatened or are followed, cross the street - trust your instincts.  Do not allow a stranger to follow you to your doorstep.  Go to a public place; enter a store, MBTA station, or place of business where you can call the police.

Keep up the appearance of your neighborhood.  Broken street-lights, abandoned cars, vacant buildings, graffiti, litter and run down areas attract crime – report them to the City.

For more information, contact the Community Service Office at: 617-3543-5624, or via email at larac.bpd@cityofboston.gov

Whit April 25, 2012 at 02:20 AM
There are. Do we want to be like those states? We have it pretty good in MA. I can see what William means though--it's my initial response too. I am often tempted to get a shotgun to have around the house but then think better of it. When I really think about a handgun or a shotgun in the house, I imagine the folly of it. What if I did shoot some guy banging on my door or crawling through the basement window? What if I lost my temper and really did shoot dead some punk robbing me on the bike path? What would my life be worth after that?
William Dawes April 25, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Whit Regarding the intention of the founding fathers in writing the Second Amendment, the wording of your statement shows your misunderstanding. Individual gun ownership is the foundation of a militia. The founding fathers did not mention an "army". An army fights for the state, and the soldiers have no free will to choose to fight or not - they must fight when the state orders them. The founding fathers were well acquainted with armies directed by monarchs to fight at their whim, with men conscripted against their will. The founding fathers were against the notion of a "standing army", knowing that "standing armies" (men whose sole duty was to be a soldier) had a tendency to be used frequently. A militia was a group of citizens that owned firearms individually, trained sporadically, and came together of their own free will, when they thought it necessary, to defend their nation. A militia was citizens choosing to fight, not being ordered to fight. You cannot have a militia without private gun ownership. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia - not an army. Being necessary to the security of a free state - not the police state that we have now. The right of THE PEOPLE - not the soldiers. I'm glad you are content with the police state we have now, with liberties disappearing and the government constantly encroaching.
JP4life April 25, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I know at least 3 of them have happened around the Stonybrook area
William Dawes April 25, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Governments in a bloated state, such as ours, desire to make the residents dependent on the government, and this list of tips is a perfect example. A simple summary of the tips would be this: Be good little sheep. Be good cattle. Don't try to be self-reliant or to empower yourself. Let the police and the government take all responsibility for your personal safety. It is easier for the police to come and take a statement after the robbery has been committed than to deal with the "messy" issue of having empowered, questioning, self-reliant citizens. Why don't they list the locations? Why don't they have a sketch? Why don't they mention pepper spray? Why don't they offer the personal choice of resisting? Government encourages people to become sheeple. Do not resist. Do not challenge. Co-operate. This is how they also want citizens to act towards government authority. Do not resist. Do not challenge. Co-operate. Can you see how they are conditioning the populace?
Chris Helms April 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Hi everyone, I've just posted the police list of locations for these street robberies. Turns out they've been all over the neighborhood: http://patch.com/A-sKgG


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