The Boston Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant after a number of robberies and attempted robberies in the Savin Hill/JFK Station area.
From Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 four incidents were reported in the area including the assault of a 14-year-old student. Last week a UMass Boston student was also indecently assaulted on Sydney Street.
Captain Richard Sexton of BPD’s District C-11, said some of the incidents have “similarities.”
“The incidents on Carson St. and Maryland St. have similarities that may indicate the same suspect is involved based on physical descriptions and asking victims 'where is the train station,'” the letter said. "The Detectives from C-11 are investigating these incidents to try and identify any suspects. I have increased the number of units in this area as a result of these recent robberies.
Below are some “personal safety” tips provided by BPD:
- Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
- When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel in well-lit and populated areas.
- Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
- Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don't become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
- Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
- Keep a whistle within reach. If threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling "Fire!" "Help!" or "Rape!" are ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.
- Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
- Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you're on the way. Make sure you're expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.
- Walk with confidence. Don't let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime so never assume, "IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME."
- If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
- If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.
Below is a summary, provided by BPD, of the four incidents:
11/29 6:30 a.m. in Crescent/Sydney St. area a 14 year old boy was assaulted and robbed by two suspects.
11/30 7:05 p.m., Carson St., woman was accosted on her front porch. Victim stated suspect had a firearm in his hand. Suspect described as a B/M, 30's, 5'10", thin build, gray hooded sweatshirt. Suspect asked victim where JFK train station was located. No property taken from victim.
12/01 3:00 a.m., Grampian Way, Dominoes Pizza delivery driver stated he arrived on Grampian Way and called the number from which the order was placed. At that time a blue GMC Yukon approached and two B/M's approached the driver. One suspect had a knife in his hand. The victim fled the scene in his m/v. No property taken from victim.
12/01 10:25 p.m., Maryland ST., woman was approached by a B/M, 20's, thin, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, suspect asked victim where the train station was, then demanded property from victim, victim went into her house. No property taken from victim.