Focusing on the men and women of the Boston Police Department, Boston’s Finest will offer viewers an up-close and very personal look at what it takes to protect and serve one of the greatest cities in America.
The show hits airwaves for real on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:00pm on TNT.
Boston Police Department reports more than 2200 cell phones were stolen in 2012. Expensive and easy to re-sell, the threat of having your smart phone stolen a real one. But, now there is something you can do to render the phone worthless and prevent the thief from accessing your personal information.
It’s called bricking. If your smart phone is lost or stolen, contact your carrier and ask them to remotely disable the device. After a phone has been ‘bricked’ or disabled, it has little value to any would-be thief who tries to sell it or anyone who tries to use it. Bricking a phone essentially makes the phone useless (like a brick). After a phone is bricked, all the information that was once on the phone can no longer be accessed.
By bricking your phone, everybody wins. Not only will you protect your private information but you’ll also help police eliminate the black market that exists for stolen smart phones. Said another way, you can help reduce robberies by eliminating the reason criminals steal smart phones in the first place.
A variety of resources, mostly online, can be found and used immediately once a person’s cell phone is stolen.
BPD warns people who may have misplaced their cell phone and don’t believe it was stolen may not want to brick it. Bricking cannot be reversed.
For safety tips pertaining to wireless devices, visit the FCC’s website: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/stolen-and-lost-wireless-devices
For instructions on contacting your service provide in case of robbery or theft, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/stolen-phones-contact-numbers
At about 10:48am, on Friday, February 15, 2013, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to shots fired in the area of 57 Stoughton Street.
On arrival, officers located a 23 year old male victim in a motor vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center with non life threatening injuries.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives at 617-343-4581.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.
The Boston Police Department is investigating several reports of car vandalism related to shoveled out parking spaces. The incidents took place between February 11 – 13, 2013, in several neighborhoods of the city.
(1) About 9:10AM, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, a male victim reported to officers at District C-11 (Dorchester) that his car tires were vandalized during the night while parked in the area of 7 Mayfield Street in Dorchester. The victim told police that he parked his on February 12, 2013, at about 5:00PM, and when he returned to his car the next day, he noticed his front tires were slashed.
(2) About 10:49AM, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a radio call involving vandalism on Litchfield Street. On arrival, the victim told officers someone slashed one of her tires. Officers observed the victim’s car to be parked legally in a shoveled out spot in the area of 10 Litchfield Street. Victim stated that there were items placed in the empty parking space in an effort to “save” the spot which the victim says she moved prior to parking.
(3) About 11:00AM, on February 12, 2013, a male victim walked into District D-14 (Brighton) to report that his vehicle had been damaged sometime between 9:00pm on February 11 and 7:45am on February 12. Victim stated it appeared that that front passenger side door had been damaged by someone throwing a hard plastic saw horse against it.
(4) About 11:01AM, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for vandalism in the area of 91 Union Street. On arrival, officers spoke to the caller who stated that she parked her vehicle on Snow Street at 10:00PM, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. When she returned to her car the next day, she discovered two flat tires on her car.
(5) About 9:30AM, on February 12, 2013, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to 163 Byron Street for a vandalism report. On arrival, the victim told officers that on Monday, February 11, 2013, he moved a chair from a parking space and then parked his car in the empty spot. When he returned to his car the next day, he discovered two flat/slashed tires on his car.
(6) On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to 83 Cambridge Street for a vandalism report. On arrival, officers met with the caller who stated she found a nail in her tire which was flat.
(7) About 1:57PM, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, a male victim walked into District B-2 (Roxbury) to file a report of vandalism to his vehicle. The victim told officers he parked his vehicle at in the area of 36 Elm Hill Park at about 9:00AM on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. When he returned to his vehicle a few hours later, he noticed the passenger side window of his vehicle was shattered. The victim further stated his vehicle was partially blocking a neighbor’s parking space.
Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous capacity.
Commenting on the challenges that come with cleaning up after the Blizzard of 2013, Mayor Tom Menino offered the following, “I apologize to all inconvenienced by the storm. We’re doing our best to remove snow from all of Boston’s city streets. We’ll get there as quickly as possible. Sometimes you have to be patient in a storm of this magnitude.” To request plowing or salt & sand for your street, please call the Mayor’s 24 Hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500. Or, you can click on the enclosed link to place a service request: Click HERE
The Boston Police Department has received several calls relative to carbon monoxide poisoning. Specifically, the BPD has received several calls relative to individuals being overcome by carbon monoxide while sitting or attempting to stay warm in vehicles. Preliminary information indicates that dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are entering cars as a result of exhaust pipes being blocked by snow. The BPD would like to remind community members to be cognizant of the dangers specific to carbon monoxide. Whether in a car or a home, repercussions can be deadly. As such, community members should be aware of the enclosed safety tips.
What is carbon monoxide? Often referred to as the silent killer, CO is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. It’s created when fossil fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, natural gas, propane, methane or wood do not burn properly.
Where does carbon monoxide come from? CO poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or cars left running in garages.
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea and drowsiness. Exposure to undetected high levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal.
Precautions to be taken:• If shoveling out your vehicle, be sure to remove any snow or ice that may be blocking the exhaust pipe.
• If using a fire place, be sure to open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace.
• Avoid using an oven or stovetop to heat your home as the CO gas could have harmful effects to both people and pets.
• Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
• If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice or other materials. The CO gas might kill people and pets.
• Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
• Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
• Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
If you experience symptoms of CO poisoning:• Immediately move to a fresh air location (outdoors or by an open window or door). Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for.
• Call 9-1-1 or the fire department from a fresh air location (outdoors or by an open window). Remain at a fresh air location until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.