“The recent actions of the specific residents involved reached elevated levels, causing great concern for all of us, and we take this very seriously,” Crowley wrote. “These select individuals make up a very small percentage of the overall majority that are lease-compliant residents . . . and we will not tolerate or let the actions of a few dictate the community.”
Mosesso also has high hopes for increased police presence.
“If someone sees a cruiser, no matter what other people say, it is going to have an impact on the criminal activity,” Mosesso said. “People will say, ‘Police are in the area, they always are, why should we chance doing something risky?’ The reinforcement of our presence is huge.”
Increased police presence has worked in other areas of Braintree that have typically seen pockets of illegal activity, such as the South Shore Plaza and Motel 6 areas, Mosesso said. “I believe [increased police presence has] had a very positive impact on the crime down there.”
For some Braintree Village residents, like Mark Smith, the new policies are a welcome change.
“I make sure I lock my car,” said Smith, who has lived in the complex for two years. “Where I used to live I didn’t worry about locking my car, in Quincy. Now I make it a concern to know my door is locked . . . I think the most crime in Braintree is in this apartment complex. I don’t know if it is or not, but that’s how I feel.”
Others, such as Bonita Quick, were glad to know there would be more police in the area, but did not feel that crime was that big a problem.
“For someone who comes from Boston — Roxbury — this is actually pretty quiet for me. But I guess there is always something in every neighborhood,” Quick said.
Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.- firstname.lastname@example.org.