Inspectors Probe Crime-Ridden Boston Properties

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Boston has mobilized building inspectors to crack down on businesses and dilapidated residences suspected of harboring criminals and criminal behavior, the Boston Globe says.

Instead of relying solely on police, whose powers are largely limited to making arrests after a crime has been committed, the city has instructed inspectors to help shut down places they believe to be trouble spots and hangouts of potential offenders. Acting on tips from police, neighborhood groups, and the mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, inspectors planned to conduct surprise inspections at about a dozen places as part of a campaign expected to extend through the summer.

The agencies stepped up their efforts after at least 13 shootings and stabbings in the Roxbury and Dorchester areas since June 1 left four dead and several more injured — including 3-year-old Kai Leigh Harriott, who was paralyzed when an errant bullet severed her spinal cord as she played on her front porch.


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