Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(In Union Square)
East Substation: 81 Broadway
West Substation: 1114 Broadway
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
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Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:00
Burglaries traditionally increase across the region during the summer months; residents stay out later, go on vacation, or leave their windows open during the day. Below are a few tips to prevent your home from being burglarized:
Secure Your Windows
1. Windows are more popular targets in the summer, as the plastic comes off & windows are left open for ventilation.
A. Never count on a screen, plastic tabs or even a regular lock to deter a determined offender. Lock windows AND use wooden dowels, horizontal bars or through the frame nails to prevent the window from being fully opened.
B. An air conditioning unit is the same as leaving a window open; reinforce these windows with dowels, or place them in windows that can't be accessed from the ground or a porch.
2. Do not leave lawn furniture or other objects out that could be used to reach a window.
3. If you are not home for a short period in the evening, consider leaving a light or electronic device on to make your home look occupied.
Track Your Property
1. Portable electronics are the most targeted item in burglaries. Keep a hard copy list of important serial numbers. Photograph unique items (such as jewelry) to aid in identification & recovery.
2. Register your electronics through the City's WRAP program (www.somervillema.gov/wrap-information) or acquire tracking software for your laptop, tablet or smart phone.
3. Consider giving your property unique markings (such as an engraving).
3. Photograph unique items (such as jewelry) to aid in identification & recovery.
1. If you leave for an extended period, ask your neighbors or a friend to watch your house; have them deliver mail or leave their car in the driveway.
2. If you see a suspicious person or group entering a backyard or driveway, or a person or vehicle "casing" an area, do not hesitate to call the police.
3. Call the police IMMEDIATELY if your house has been burglarized; the burglar may still be in the area.
Long Term Solutions
1. Consider installing an alarm or external cameras.
2. Make the sides of your house more visible from the street; trim overgrown bushes/hedges & remove other obstacles.
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:32
The City of Somerville is eligible for a direct award of $20,348 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) FY2015 Local Solicitation from the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice. The award was determined by a formula based on population and violent crime statistics. Eligibility for this grant was determined by Uniform Crime Report data that Somerville has submitted to the FBI. The grant may be used over a two-year period. One of the requirements under the grant is that the governing body of the City be informed of the intended use of the funds.
Funding from this grant can be used for local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, information systems for criminal justice systems, and research and evaluation systems in the Police Department. Our intention is to use the Justice Assistance Grant for equipment and supplies that will improve the training and safety of our officers in the line of duty and strengthen our public safety and substance abuse outreach efforts.