Boston police report a surge in car break-ins for the first three months of 2006 in some sections of the city, including downtown, says the Boston Globe. As drivers invest in antitheft technology like LoJack, cars have become more difficult to steal. At the same time, expensive electronic devices, which can sell easily on the street, have proliferated. For the first three months of 2006, motor vehicle larcenies are down 13 percent in the city, but the numbers are up in the Financial District, Charlestown, Mission Hill, and Roxbury.
In dimly lit parking lots and on streets shrouded by leafy trees, thieves are taking advantage of absent-minded drivers who leave their iPods, laptops, cellphones, and GPS devices in plain sight. Police say that thieves are smashing windows, but that often motorists are simply leaving car doors unlocked. ”It’s a crime of opportunity,” said Boston police Deputy Superintendent Darrin Greeley. ”If [thieves] see something in the car that’s valuable they’re going to take it.”