Recent Motor Vehicle Breaks
Recently the Brookline Police have received numerous reports of motor vehicle breaks. Breaks have occurred in the areas of Tappan Street, Gardener Road, Winthrop Road and Beaconsfield Road. Most of the car breaks have been un-secured vehicles and resulted in them being rummaged through where small items of value, such as coins and headphones were stolen. The attached video shows an attempted car break on Gardener Road on August 4th at 3:58 am. The two people in the video are people of interest at this time. Both appear to be white males, carrying backpacks. One of the males is riding a bike (not shown). If you have any information regarding these recent breaks, or know either male in the video/pictures please contact Detective Emmerso at 617-730-2243 or the Brookline Police Non-Emergency number at 617-730-2222. We kindly ask ALL residents to continue to lock their vehicles, and remove any and all valuables from them! Thank you!Posted by Brookline MA Police Department on Monday, August 7, 2017
Brookline Police are warning residents and visitors to keep valuables out of sight and lock their cars when parking for any amount of time in town – even if you are parking in your own driveway – after nearly a dozen unlocked cars were broken into on Friday.
So far this year there have been some 56 reported car break in, compared with only 31 by this same time last year.
Police have made several arrests this year in connection with car and home break ins. On Friday, a Gardner Road resident caught footage from a camera he put in his window facing his driveway of two men walking down the street. One walked up his driveway and tried the doors of his locked doors of his car and then disappeared from the camera and then walked down the driveway. The resident said it looked like he went to try the doors on the other car parked in the driveway before heading off again on Gardner Road, according to a police report.
Take a look at this map of near where cars were reported broken into on Friday:
What you can do to prevent your car from being broken into:
- Lock your car. Police say it over and over again. Most cars in Brookline that get broken into, are easy targets because they’re left unlocked.
- Do not leave the little stuff: change, tape measures, toll readers, or random cool stuff visible. All of that is bait for a potential thief walking by.
- Do not leave the big stuff either: Never leave a purse or a bag in your car for more than a minute. It doesn’t take long for someone to open your car door and snag a bag. If you must leave something, put it in the trunk. It takes longer to open and since it is not visible, it is not tempting to would-be thieves.
- If you do not have a car alarm, get one, or get a blinking light and affix it to your dashboard. Often a little deterrent like this goes a long way.
- Park in well light areas, or install a motion detector light near where you park. Thieves don’t like light.