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Mapping Boston's worst towing spots

Towing companies aggressively patrol certain locations in Boston, with little government oversight. A look at where, why and when more than 200,000 vehicles were towed between April 2009 and October 2011.   Share your worst towing experiences »   Related article »

Where we get towed from

NOTE: Store names are used to identify parking locations. Stores are not necessarily responsible for permitting vehicles to be towed.

Why we get towed ...

Reasons for 90,778 tows in Boston in 2010, the only full year for which statistics were available.

Reason
Tows
Street cleaning
35,014
Trespassing
29,953
Other
14,432
Motor vehicle violation
4,222
Accidents
2,660
Arrests
1,636
Repossession
1,015
Safe-keeping
845
Snow removal
585
Investigation
131
Stolen
131
Stolen/arrest
65
Arson/vehicle fire
59
Abandoned
16
Public safety hazard
8
Fire dept. request
6

... and when

Percentage of tows for a given reason that occur during each hour of the day.

Street cleaning

% of
tows
midnight
noon
6 p.m.
6 a.m.
0%
10%
20%
Trespassing

midnight
noon
6 p.m.
6 a.m.
0%
10%
Repossession

midnight
noon
6 p.m.
6 a.m.
0%
10%
Arrest

midnight
noon
6 p.m.
6 a.m.
0%
10%

Robert's

22,323
tows for
trespassing

Concentrated in Allston and Brighton, near its tow yard.

Who does the towing

Trespassing
Street cleaning
Other
Tower
Tows
City of Boston
32,808
Casey's
27,086
Robert's
25,585
Stadium
23,249
Stanley's
16,815
Cityside
16,292
A&B
14,360
Todisco's
12,833
D&D
11,349
In & Out
7,974
ABC
7,827
Parkway
4,258
Tow Happy
3,641

ABC

7,704 tows for trespassing

Casey's

7,125

Tow Happy

3,533

In & Out

2,844
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